EU rebukes UK over freedom of movement laws

2012-04-26 15:03

Brussels - The European Commission gave Britain an ultimatum on Thursday to respect the freedom of movement of EU citizens, threatening court action should it fail to abide by EU laws within two months.

"As one of the EU's larger member states, the UK is home to around two million citizens from other EU countries. It is therefore important that UK laws respect their rights," the European Union's executive arm said in a statement.

Under the rules, foreign family members of an EU citizen can travel to any country in the 27-nation bloc without an entry visa when they are accompanied by the citizen and hold a residence card issued by an EU state.

"The UK laws do not grant this important right which lies at the heart of free movement," the commission said.

Another issue raised by the commission was the treatment of Bulgarian and Romanian workers.

Britain is not issuing workers from Romania and Bulgaria the same residence documents given to those from the 25 other EU states during the first 12 months of living there, the EU executive said.

London has yet to apply EU rules in two other areas, including on health insurance for EU citizens and residency applications for extended family members of EU nationals.

EU states can face big fines if they lose cases before the European Court of Justice.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-04-26 15:39

    The EU has forgotten that the members are still sovereign nations.

      Hallo - 2012-04-26 16:28

      The EU runs the show now.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-26 17:05

      And your point is? If you want to be part of the EU you abide by the rules.

  • Grant - 2012-04-26 16:19

    Hmmm, I wonder why the UK would discriminate against the fine citizens of Romania and Bulgaria. They should give the friendly, honest and crime-free citizens of Romania the same movement rights as those of the Swedes! Romania has no reputation of thieving citizens and benefits spongers whatsoever. Preposterous!

      Fidel - 2012-04-26 19:56

      Stop believing the bull fed to you by Cambridge boys and welfare royals. There is nothing special about the UK anymore and there hasn't been for a heck of a long time. It's not a case of people integrating in the UK. It's a case of a long dead empire waking up and integrating into the world.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-04-26 16:20

    UK is always trying to be different from the rest of EU, idiot.

      sunshine280211 - 2012-04-26 16:45

      Cosmos,what do you understand about the EU exactly?The EU is comprised of 17 Unelected Commissioners that dictate all the laws.Imagine South Africa being run by an unelected official in Sudan for example? Would you consider that premise? The EU is more evil than good. The EU in its structure is a copy of the old USSR. The EU is undemocratic. The EU has NO respect for cultures. So please write and comment with a notion of things at least.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-26 17:06

      Your analogy is completely irrelevant. The EU is a body that you can choose to become a member of, by being a member you abide by the rules that they set. It's how it works.

      sunshine280211 - 2012-04-26 17:27

      My analogy is entirely relevant. In no way was there a referendum. Politicians decided on their own to join a EU that benefits only the political class. If the people had decided, through democracy, that they wanted to be part of the EU then YOUR analogy would be relevant. So what you are saying that a dictatorship is welcome and should be abided by even if it was institutionalised? Then your view of democracy is distorted. The EU is a prison, run by former communists. People did NOT ask to be part of this EU. Politicians took it upon themselves to drag nations into it. It is a political project and no one was consulted. It is impossible to vote anyone out through a vote. So, you Michael, have NO insight or any idea of what the EU is. The Euro is an economic prison. Nations are not clubs, this is not a game.

  • Matt - 2012-04-27 00:12

    The British people want an EU referendum. Britain, is full up. We cannot take any more unskilled people.

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