Renegotiating free movement within the EU
I was asked by a Polish media outlet for comment in this Boris Johnson piece on renegotiation of EU free movement rules and the idea of quotas. Here’s what I said:
A quota for free movement of workers around Europe is impossible under the fundamental treaties of the European Union and would not be “free” movement at all. Renegotiation of one of the four fundamental freedoms that were the founding principles of the Union — people, goods, services and capital — is highly unlikely, and all the more so given that the UK’s governing party, the Conservatives, opted out of alliance with other centre right parties in Europe. Boris Johnson is right to say that the British electorate were misled to think that migration could be drastically reduced but he is guilty of a similar deception in suggesting that free movement of workers is negotiable.
As with the Conservatives’ “human rights plan” it is perhaps more accurate to this as a deliberate strategy for divorce.