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Reader’s Comment of the Day: We should quit the EU but remain part of EFTA


In response to, “Nick Wood: Miliband’s duplicity over immigration is transparent”, Tony_E wrote:

Actually there are effective ways to control immigration from inside the EU, without derogating from the four pillars of the single market. We should leave the EU because it is outdated, economically illiterate and anti-democratic, but we should decouple the issues of Immigration and the EU.

Firstly, it is very easy for an immigrant to come here and make a claim for state assistance without having first contributed here. So moving to a contributory system for many benefits would have the effect of making it less advantageous to come here.

Secondly, we have case law from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that is allowing a huge level of familial migration. Leaving the ECHR’s jurisdiction would return us to a proper position of immigration control for people from outside the EU joining other family members, however distant.

Lastly, we should be able from a position without the ECHR rulings to implement the correct interpretation of the Dublin III regulations, where asylum must be sought in the first safe state, and allowing us to return asylum seekers to France, Germany and Italy, which should under the EU regulations be assumed to be safe states.

All of these things can be done as a member of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), while still participating in the single market. However, no political party is advertising this or advocating it. The Libs and Lab simply trot out the tired 3 million jobs line; Tories talk of renegotiation; and Ukip wants to leave and then take possibly a generation to secure a trade treaty with the EU – all three positions are equally impractical.


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