24 Feb 2017 13:22:
No you still don't understand Mickeyfinn, it's UNCONTROLLED free movement without EU checks and mechanisms in place to respond to irregular movements of this scale and timeframe that leads to intolerance, not free movement per see.
Without the ability to respond to these irregular movements, such as has been agreed with Canada in their trade agreement with the EU, with allowance for a fair monitoring and flexible and efficient electronic visa system, you leave member states vulnerable if those movements become out of kilter, large scale and swift etc.
I agree that national Govts play their part in terms of ongoing reform, but without tackling the underlying cause, I.e. lack of ALLOWABLE effective control mechanisms where applicable, where Govts that are expected to radically change their own benefit systems which were intended to protect the most vulnerable within their own society ( tax credits and housing benefits), or change the mechanisms in place to incentivise work ( in- work benefits), then intolerance would only grow, not diminish.
It is wrong to expect a nation to radically change their benefit system within an unrealistic timeframe, without taking account of ongoing reforms, or knock on effects associated with radical and swift change.
Neither is it fair not to take into account the wage differentials, remittance flows and economic stress factors on the recipient member states, that act as additional "pull factors" that have the potential to further exacerbate the vulnerabilities.
It's not as black and white as you suggest I'm afraid with regard to freedom of movement, and you seem reticent to accept these realities that other EU Parliamentarians are starting to recognise.
As things currently stand Freedom of movement is allied with EU trade agreements, hence the need for Canada to place provisos on this in terms of inbuilt flexible controls to tackle " irregular migration ". Hence the suggestion this be replicated when negotiating access to the single market post Brexit, as Canada currently benefits from.
This message was last edited by ads on 24/02/2017.