Freedom Of Movement Debate Hots Up Inside Labour
The Labour Party conference this year will be dominated no doubt by the issue of leaving the EU, with the biggest single issue being that of freedom of movement and remaining in the Single Market.
'Migration And Free Movement: An Agenda Of Hope And Solidarity
Conference notes the free movement debate.
In government, we should maintain and extend free movement; scrap the net migration target; strengthen refugee rights; dismantle the brutal anti-migrant regime built over decades; abolish immigration detention centres; ensure the right to family reunion; end use of “no recourse to public funds”; end use of landlords and health workers as border guards; and reverse attacks on migrants’ access to the NHS.'
Whilst most Labour MPs from areas of the country that voted to leave the EU are concerned about their election prospects if they support freedom of movement, two recent polls ( YouGov and Cambridge University) have shown that the majority of the public who voted to leave the EU are in favour of retaining freedom of movement if it means access to the single market, and still give us some control over EU immigration such as the arrangements some EU countries have already.
Further, the leaked document this week detailing the intent of the Home Office/Government is to end freedom of movement on day one after we leave the EU and also end/curtail the ability of immigrant workers to bring family members to the country to join them.
This will break up families and goes against the UN Convention on Human Rights (Articles 12 and 16) not to mention the UK's own Human Rights Act (article 8) Indeed in the case of the latter, this explains one of the reasons why the Tory Government intend to abolish the Human Rights Act and replace it with a UK Bill of Rights, which no doubt will weaken Article 8 if at all even contain such an article.
You can find further information on the campaign for freedom of movement here
You can also download both the UN Convention on Human Rights and the UK's Human Rights Act direct from this website:
1. UN Convention on Human Rights 2. UK's Human Rights Act
Source: Huffington Post / Labour Party / UN / The Guardian