In last week’s County Times South Downs MP Nick Herbert emphasised the need for migration control - and of course that we should welcome an agreed quota of refugees.
Clearly such control is particularly important because our country is one of the most densely populated, recognising that once migrants arrive in the EU, they can obtain passports and move to any EU country.
Indeed, Nick Herbert’s concerns are consistent with those of Nick Boles who (as Planning Minister) said that migrants accounted for almost half of the UK housing demand, whose figures suggested that around 100,000 new homes a year will be needed in the UK to accommodate migrants. He added that, ‘We can’t go on like this.’
Another issue that needs to be addressed is that the EU Law of Human Rights (LHR) allows foreign nationals, who have committed serious crimes, to remain in the UK and (as stated by Phil Woollas) makes it difficult to remove illegal migrants who have found their way to the UK and that clearly also needs to be addressed. So, perhaps Mr Herbert could let us have an update on progress with the proposals i) to limit benefits to EU migrants, until they have been UK taxpayers for several years and ii) to introduce a UK Bill of Rights.
It may be recalled that the Tory Manifesto proposed withdrawal from the Law of Human Rights and establishing a UK Bill of Rights (BOR). It may well be that the above issues will be dealt with, in that transition.
Hopefully Mr Herbert will be able to confirm that these issues are indeed being addressed in the current EU negotiations, and that a UK Bill of Rights is still obtainable.
Chairman, UKIP Horsham Branch, Timber Mill,
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