freedom of movement

Avoiding a winners-take-all union

First published on Progressonline

This week we have seen the perfect storm for Tory backbenchers, aided and abetted by the rightwing press, as immigration and Europe have dominated the news, prompting more knee-jerk rhetoric from David Cameron.

The prime minister and home secretary Theresa May have both flirted with caps that are no doubt illegal or other restrictions on the freedom of movement that would damage jobs and growth across Europe as a whole. The idea, supported this week by nearly 80 Tory MPs to abolish freedom of movement for countries with a below average GDP, would lead to an overheating of the higher GDP European nations and a permanent two-speed Europe. (more…)