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Old 9th Dec 2016, 13:57
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G0ULI
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norfolk
Age: 63
Posts: 3
The problem with "qualified" freedom of movement and a very light touch on immigration is that people simply game the system. Look at the number of language schools (foreign intelligence assests) based in Oxford Street. Thousands upon thousands of "students" registered to enable them to come to the UK, whereupon they disappear. After a suitable period and a cash transaction a certificate is issued to allow the students to continue studying / working / researching, or whatever, for as long as they need in the UK. If they can string this out long enough and provide paperwork showing they have sufficient financial resources, automatic rights of residency in the UK can be obtained.

Only with strict passport and visa controls and firm borders can the UK ever hope to control the comings and goings of would be immigrants. Even then it is possible to travel from the Republic of Ireland to the UK effectively without any documentation due to long standing treaty agreements.

At the moment, UK borders are very similar to a large store with one overweight pensioner acting as a security guard. The occasional shoplifter gets spotted but the professional gangs operate with impunity. CCTV, electronic monitoring, and an honesty system just aren't good enough. Go through the red channel at customs at 2am and there is no one about.

Coastal patrols in aircraft? Great during the day in good weather, but you need ships in the water and boarding crews to intercept smugglers and the like. Intelligence led operations can only point you in the right direction some of the time. Other times you need random stop/searches and hope to get lucky.

If prices in the UK are going up because unskilled workers are departing from the UK back to their homes in the EU, what does that imply? I would suggest that these people have been ruthlessly exploited over the past few years, working for less than the minimum wage in many cases, simply because the pay was better than in theri home countries. What does that say about EU regulations designed to stop exploitation and slavery? They don't work! Nothing in the EU works unless there is a group in a position to make profit from it and who are prepared to use enforcement measures to protect their profits.

The side effect of that is that UK workers have been subjected to static or reducing wages (in real terms) due to a surplus of labour. It isn't that we have to get foreign workers in to do jobs that the British don't want to do. It is that the British are not prepared to do the "menial" or dirty jobs for the derisory wages offered. Working on a checkout, bored out of your skull, for 6-7 an hour doesn't make economic sense. For 12 an hour, you might be prepared to put up with the boredom. I appreciate that wages are traditionally the second largest cost to any business after capital infrastructure costs, but progress and genuine increases in living standards costs money.

I genuinely believe that outside the constraints of the EU and with firm movement controls, Britain will be in a position to flourish on world markets and that eventually we will see a return to a genuine increase in general living standards. It is the people at the bottom of the food chain that need to see levels rise the most. The middle classes may have to scale back their spending and aspirations a bit. The top ten percent, won't be affected at all, as has always been the case.
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