In a recent letter it was suggested that once this country’s withdrawal from the European Union becomes a fact all EU nationals who do not have a clear and unassailable right to stay in this country will suddenly be expelled en masse, (Northumberland Gazette, February 23).
This is pure fantasy. Obviously, when that time comes the Government will act as the national interest requires.
For the time being the Government, quite correctly, takes the view that the rights of EU citizens in Britain should be discussed simultaneously with the rights of British citizens in EU countries.
Some people in this country seem to believe that the Eastern countries of the EU have high birth rates and high levels of unemployment, and thus substantial exportable surplus populations. This is, in general, not the case.
In the view of a number of observers, the policy of freedom of movement pursued by the EU has caused substantial damage to these countries.