Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

02 DEC 2013

EU immigration - Carswell delivers petition to Downing Street

Local MP Douglas Carswell has delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the Prime Minister to take action to prevent large numbers of unskilled EU migrants arriving from Bulgaria and Romania.

"It is vitally important that the government we elect takes control of UK immigration policy. Ultimately, the only way we can do that is to leave the EU" Douglas said "But in the short term, we could suspend the agreement to allow unrestricted access to the UK, and access to non-contributory benefits".

"We could put up all sorts of bureaucratic obstacles but ultimately we need to be like Switzerland or Australia. They are both countries outside the EU, who depend on highly skilled migrants, and are selective over who they allow in".

Douglas argued in a recent article that either we can retain our system of non-contributory welfare benefits, or Britain can continue to allow the unrestricted movement of Europeans into Britain- "We cannot do both".

Douglas hopes that the petition will encourage an honest and open debate about the issue of EU migration.

"Migrants who contribute should be welcomed. But opening the doors to Bulgarians and Romanians could create real issues."

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