Poll: Should Labour support restrictions on the free movement of workers?

Should the party pledge to introduce tougher restrictions if it returns to office?

Seven Labour MPs had a letter to Ed Miliband published in yesterday’s Observer which called for a Labour government to limit the free movement of workers from the EU to Britain.

The authors of the letter, which included Labour MPs Frank Field and John Mann, wrote that the “political consequences” of EU migration “could prove catastrophic for our party, unless voters can see we are intent on taking serious action”.

So we want to ask you: is is time for Labour to look again at free movement within the EU? Should the party pledge to introduce tougher restrictions if it returns to office?

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7 Responses to “Poll: Should Labour support restrictions on the free movement of workers?”

  1. George Laird

    Dear leftfootforward

    What the EU needs is something I have written about, and that is the ‘internal EU immigration policy’ where a member state sets a criteria for living in their country.

    This would be worked out by the country and the EU in partnership, freedom of labour is okay, freedom for benefit tourism is not.

    Sooner or later, people will look at the EU internal immigration policy as the next major reform in the EU.

    My previous ideas in politics, the Scottish National Police Force and Fire Service were taken up by the Scottish National Party when I proposed them on the 4th September 2010 at the SNP National Assembly in Perth.

    So, I have a track record.

    Yours sincerely

    George Laird
    The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

  2. George McCarthy

    This is what, in effect, UKIP propose! Any candidate must have a skill or trade that the other country requires. Understanding of the language and a job to go to! But this wouldn’t suit the criteria of the EU, who want to create a Corporate State via the TTIP. See here for Farage insights on EU and it’s workings. http://youtu.be/WnCgFUH1WQM

  3. Dave Roberts

    Check out the current main post at http://www.leftfutures.org about Sadiq Khan. It looks like he has been told to change is tune on race. I’ll give you links later,

  4. George Laird

    Dear George

    I proposed the internal immigration policy quite sometime ago.

    The Ukip proposal isn’t fully developed.

    They miss out that, a person should be able to go live in another EU country if they have the legal means to support themselves, if they want to work there, there would be the criteria set by the country under the internal EU immigration policy.

    Yours sincerely

    George Laird
    The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

  5. Norfolk29

    It is ridiculous to allow unskilled workers into an economy where there is more than 5% unemployment overall and more than 5% unemployment amongst unskilled and young workers. None of the bureaucrats in the EU is in such a position yet they vote to put other people in that position. Why are there hundreds of people living in makeshift camps in Calais and other Northern French Ports to get to the UK if they were able to get jobs in France or any of the other EU States they had to pass through. Simple, the UK is an easy touch for illegal immigrants yet any person in the EU can get a ticket to come and has to be admitted, irrespective of their skills or education level. On this I agree with Frank Fields, but not on the proposal to have an In/Out Referendum as we cannot leave the EU, under any circumstances.

  6. failquail

    Just have free movement within EU states, but with a numbers cap. If a countries immigration cap gets reached, the native-born population gets max-priority, the rest get put on a waiting list.

    That way we get free movement within the EU, but without the current drawback of excessive immigration to a country if it becomes too popular…

    Taking the current free movement policy to the extreme example: the current EU population could move to just one EU country one after another, overwhelming each country like a locust swarm (no single EU state could cope with the EU’s population) Which is stupid.
    There does need to be caps (in at least the short-medium term) for free movement to be viable…

  7. Simon Gatt

    If you wish to have free movement of capital and of goods, you need free movement of people. The three go together; none of the three can exist alone. Thus, no, it is not possible to restrict the movement of labour.

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