- Theresa May: Britain should quit human rights convention
- Theresa May for Prime Minister after her EU speech?
- Barack Obama: World needs a ‘united’ Europe
- Boris Johnson: Britain must not be ‘bullied’ by Obama on EU
- Michael Gove warns of ‘free for all’ on EU migration
- Brexit campaign seeks rebalance after Obama intervention
Today’s key developments
Theresa May’s bid for Britain to quit human rights convention
T heresa May has called for Britain to leave the European Convention on Human Rights – but remain a member of the EU.
The Home Secretary used her first speech of the referendum campaign to argue that the case for remaining part of the treaty is “not clear”.
On the question of the EU as a whole, she offered cautious backing to staying in – admitting there are “problems” associated with membership and saying the country “could cope” outside.
H owever, arguing that Britain would be more secure from crime and terrorism, she insisted it was in the national interest to stay.
In a wide-ranging speech, Mrs May also insisted that “nobody should think” Brexit is the “single bullet that is suddenly going to solve all our immigration problems”.
Referring to the ECHR – drafted after the Second World War – Mrs May said it “can bind the hands of Parliament”, “adds nothing to our prosperity” and “makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals”.
S he said: “So regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this: if we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.”
Mrs May cited the cases of clerics Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada, who were at the centre of protracted legal battles in the UK, and a controversial ruling on prisoner voting.
The minister dismissed suggestions she was “against human rights”, saying: “This is Great Britain … and we can protect human rights ourselves in a way that doesn’t jeopardise national security or bind the hands of Parliament.”
Barack Obama: World needs ‘united’ Europe
US president Barack Obama has delivered an impassioned defence of the European Union, warning that America and the world need a “united” Europe.
In comments which are likely be seen as a further plea for a Remain vote in Britain’s June 23 referendum, Mr Obama hailed the EU as “one of the greatest political and economic achievements of modern times” and cautioned individual states against rebuilding barriers which existed in the 20th century.
Michael Gove warns of immigration ‘free for all’
B rexit’s biggest hitters sought to seize back the referendum initiative by putting immigration at the top of the agenda.
Justice Secretary Michael Gove warned the UK faces a migration “free for all” unless it breaks away from Brussels as the Leave camp moved to exploit an admission from the Government that EU free movement of labour rules make it harder to curb immigration.
PM arrives for G5 summit in Hanover
S ecurity threats and migration are the hot topics of debate at a meeting between David Cameron, Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, Italian PM Matteo Renzi and US president Barack Obama as they gather in Hanover, Germany, right now.
Theresa May, reluctantly in?
T he Telegraph’s Christian Adams sums up Theresa May’s speech today quite nicely…
Theresa May questions EU expansion plans
I n her speech today, the Home Secretary Theresa May has questioned whether it is right to allow Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU.
“The states now negotiating to join the EU include Albania, Serbia and Turkey – countries with poor populations and serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism. We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the EU should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership?”
L eading Brexit campaigner Iain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, seized upon the comments:
“The Home Secretary is right to warn of the dangers of countries like Albania and Turkey being allowed to join the European Union. If these countries are let into the EU's open border system it will only increase the pressure on our NHS, schools and housing. It will also vastly increase the risk of crime and terrorism on British streets.
After the Home Secretary's powerful intervention, is the Prime Minister now going to make clear that the UK no longer supports their bid to join the EU? If he does not, will he make clear why he disagrees with his own Home Secretary?”
T he Vote Leave campaign has said that Mrs May’s speech raises four questions for the Prime Minister:
- Will the Prime Minister commit today to veto EU expansion to Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey under all circumstances?
- Does the Prime Minister accept the Home Secretary's comment that it is a bad idea to welcome countries that have 'serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism'?
- Does the Government accept that giving 88 million persons the right to enter the UK will place a major burden on the NHS?
- Does the forecast of an extra 3 million net migrants by 2030 take into account future EU accessions?
Theresa May ‘reached a new low’ with speech today
T heresa May has “reached a new low” on human rights, Tim Farron has said.
Commenting on Mrs May’s speech today, the Liberal Democrat leadersaid:
"Theresa May’s obsession with eroding human rights has reached a new low, as the referendum debate becomes more about the Tory party leadership contest than the issues at stake. "The European Convention on Human Rights is a British invention and is fundamental to protecting the rights of British people. "In this referendum campaign we must make the positive case about how our rights are protected, and that being in Europe offers more opportunities to work and travel abroad.”
Obama’s latest speech: World needs a ‘united’ Europe
B arack Obama delivered an impassioned speech in Hanover this morning in which he declared that the world need a “united” Europe.
The American President hailed the EU as “one of the greatest political and economic achievements of modern times”, in comments that are likely to fuel further indignation from eurosceptic MPs in Britain.
Speaking at the start of the G5 summit in Hanover, where he will discuss security threats with David Cameron, Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande and Italian PM Matteo Renzi, he said: “This is a defining moment.
W hat happens here has consequences for people around the globe,” he said. “I’ve come here today, to the heart of Europe, to say the United States, and the entire world, needs a strong and prosperous and democratic and united Europe.”
Mr Obama did however admit that anxieties over terrorism and immigration were “real and legitimate” and said he understood that dealing with Brussels could be “frustrating” at times.
But he added: “European unity can require frustrating compromise. It adds layers of government that can slow decision-making.
“I understand. I have been in meetings with the European Commission. And, as an American, we are famously disdainful of government. We understand how easy it must be to vent at Brussels and complain. But, remember that every member of your union is a democracy. That’s not an accident.
“Remember that no EU country has raised arms against another. That’s not an accident.”
H e went on to insist that a “strong united” Europe remains a “necessity for all of us”.
“It’s a necessity for the United States because Europe’s security and prosperity is inherently indivisible from our own,” he proclaimed. “A strong united Europe is a necessity for the world because an integrated Europe remains vital to our international order.”
The President is in Germany to discuss stemming the flow of migrants from Libya by placing EU naval patrols in Libyan waters with other world leaders.
A head of the talks he was keen to stress that Isil was the “most urgent threat” to the world’s security and said the EU “could do more” through air strikes and economic assistance to help stabilise Iraq.
He echoed a plea made in London last week for all countries in the European Union to meet the 2 percent minimum Nato target of national income on defence.
“I’ll be honest, sometimes Europe has been complacent its own defence,” he said.
Laura Hughes, Political Correspondent
Prospect of second EU referendum emerges
S upport for leaving the EU will "not go away" if Britain votes to stay to retain membership, a former Tory cabinet minister has said as he refused to rule out a second referendum.
Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, said that the "you will never put that genie back in the bottle" after millions of people to leave the EU after the referendum.
He said the "dynamic would have changed" in the country even if the Out campaign loses and added those backing Brexit will no longer just be "nutcases, cranks and odd members of the right-wing of the Tory Party".
M r Paterson also compared David Cameron to Charles 1 – the monarch beheaded in the civil war – and suggested the Prime Minister has "completely lost touch" with rural communities.
"The further you go from London, the stronger the feeling is. I do get the slight sense it's a bit like the civil war when Charles 1 sadly completely lost touch with what was happening in the counties
"But this is really not a Tory Party issue. This is our one chance, the first time since 1975, and it divides people of all political parties.
"What we should be grateful to David Cameron for is he's given us the opportunity and we must blow it. That's the point I'm making here."
The comments, which were made in a question and answer session after a speech in central London, will fuel fears that Eurosceptics will not accept the result, creating a so-called ‘neverendum’.
Mr Paterson, who served in Mr Cameron's cabinet and is backing an Out vote, was asked what he would do if the country voted 51 per cent to 49 per cent to stay in the EU.
"I think the balance would have changed, the dynamic would have changed. Up to now leaving the EU seems to be the preserve of nutcases, cranks and odd members of the right-wing of the Tory Party.
"What will happen, if it is that close as you're suggesting (51% In, 49% Out) – I personally think we're going to win – millions of people from right across the country, from every class and occupation, would have stated that they want to leave the European Union. You will never put that genie back in the bottle.
"This argument will be very much up there and the EU will be absolutely under the spotlight to deliver. Those who forced us into remaining, should Remain sadly win, they will be facing car stickers saying 'don't blame me, I voted to leave'.
"So this argument will continue in the sense that the EU will really have to deliver on the promises being made by the Remain camp. The political reality is that millions of people will have stated that this is a very respectable point of view and that will not go away."
Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
Theresa May’s human rights speech was ‘desperate’
H uman rights campaign group Liberty has described Theresa May’s speech as “desperate”.
Bella Sankey, policy director for Liberty, said:
"Desperate times call for desperate speeches. Presumably reeling from yesterday's bad headlines, the Home Secretary is today playing fast and loose with Churchill's legacy to bolster her tough credentials.
"It was only a matter of time before the ECHR got dragged into the EU referendum debate. But the Convention doesn't bind Parliament and – despite Theresa May's best efforts at mud-slinging and myth-spreading over the years – the case for remaining a signatory is unequivocal. Britain founded it, it is the most successful system for the enforcement of human rights in the history of the world, and every day it helps bring freedom, justice and the Rule of Law to 820 million people."
CWU backs “remain” campaign
A nother leading union is to campaign to remain in the European Union so that a “workers’ voice” can be heard in the debate.
The Communication Workers Union decided at its annual conference to recommend a yes vote to its 200,000 members on the basis of reforming the EU to put workers at its heart.
General secretary Dave Ward told the Bournemouth conference: “For all its problems, the reality is that most of the protections workers have in this country have come from Europe. If Brexit succeeds, Cameron and the Tories will attack workers’ rights again in the same way they are attacking the trade union movement now.”
Mr Ward said the working time directive, agency workers’ rights, holiday pay and health and safety laws had all come from the EU.
He added: “We’ve had enough of the Boris and Dave show. This referendum is about our jobs, our rights at work, our homes, our public services and the prices we pay in the shops. We cannot let it be hijacked by a right-wing agenda.”
Other unions including Unison, Unite and the GMB have already declared support for remaining in the EU.
A lan Johnson, chairman of Labour In for Britain, welcomed the decision:
“It is great to have my former Union, the Communications Workers Union, backing the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union.
"As a former postman and CWU General Secretary, I know the vital difference that union members can make to this campaign.
"The decision by CWU members highlights the unity of the Labour movement with all the biggest affiliated Unions now campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union.
"Labour is united in campaigning for Britain to remain in Europe because of the jobs, growth and investment and protections for British workers and consumers that depend on our EU membership."
Mandelson attack’s Leave campaign’s ‘Ukip-lite’ strategy
L ord Mandelson, the former Labour business secretary, says the “leave” campaign have lost the argument on the economic impact of a Brexit vote.
“This was the week when Vote Leave hoisted the white flag on arguments around the economy.
F irst the Treasury then Barack Obama demolished their flimsy arguments about trade and prosperity and so they have turned instead to their default nationalist territory of immigration.
Vote Leave may have won the designation, but it is Nigel Farage who has won the argument amongst the Leave campaigners, who are now running a Ukip-lite strategy centred on immigration …
Vote Leave are in chaos on the economy. Why else would you suggest leaving the Single Market in favour of Britain being more like Albania?
The economy is not something that can be opted into or out of in this debate – it is the future of this country that is at stake. It's peoples' jobs, prices in the shops and the proper funding of public services that are on the ballot paper in June.”
Theresa May for Prime Minister?
T ime to dust down the #TM4PM Twitter hashtag, writes Christopher Hope . Today's speech from Theresa May, the Home Secretary, shows just why she is so regularly tipped as a future Tory leader.
The sheer ubiquity of Boris Johnson – in his weekly Telegraph column, his LBC phone-in, his speeches, his photocalls – means that it is easy to forget about Mrs May's strengths.
But when she speaks, Westminster listens. Her speech on Britain's future in Europe was tour de force. She is clearly a Eurosceptic – but that said she has weighed up the pros and cons and wants Britain to stay in the EU.
The final few pages of her speech were all about how Britain should reshape its role in the EU, how the UK has to come out of its permanent "defensive crouch":
I t is worth reading again: "We have become so used to being in this permanently defensive crouch that when it comes to the EU, Britain has forgotten how to stand up and lead.
"And to those who say Britain cannot achieve what it needs in Europe, I say have more belief in what Britain can do. I say think about how Britain built the single market, and let's be that ambitious – in the British national interest – once again.
“Let us set clear objectives to complete the single market, to pursue new free trade deals with other countries, to reform the European economy and make it more competitive.
"Let's work to ensure the countries of Europe can protect their borders from illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists. Let's try to make sure that more of our European allies play their part in protecting western interests abroad.
"We need to have a clear strategy of engagement through the Council of Ministers, seek a bigger role for Britain inside the Commission, try to stem the growth in power of the European Parliament, and work to limit the role of the Court of Justice. We need to work not only through the EU's institutions and summits, but by also pursuing more bilateral diplomacy with other European governments.
“And it is time to question some of the traditional British assumptions about our engagement with the EU. Do we stop the EU going in the wrong direction by shouting on the sidelines, or by leading and making the case for taking Europe in a better direction?
"And do we really still think it is in our interests to support automatically and unconditionally the EU's further expansion? The states now negotiating to join the EU include Albania, Serbia and Turkey – countries with poor populations and serious problems with organised crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism.
"We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the EU should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership? Do we really think now is the time to contemplate a land border between the EU and countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria? Having agreed the end of the European principle of "ever closer union", it is time to question the principle of ever wider expansion."
M rs May is effectively setting out Britain's role in Europe after Summer 2016. And she knows that most of this will fall not to David Cameron but to his successor. In other words, what we are seeing is Mrs May's Brussels strategy if she becomes Tory leader and Prime Minister. #TM4PM indeed!
Cameron will be reduced to ‘Roman governor’ and Britain a ‘colony of Europe’
D avid Cameron will be reduced to the status of “a Roman governor” and Britain a “colony of Europe” if the country votes to stay in the EU, a former Tory cabinet minister has warned.
Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, said that Brexit was the “safe option” in the referendum and that retaining membership would be a “leap in the dark” as he framed an In vote as the “risky” option.
T he Tory MP also attacked Mr Cameron’s claims that Britain now has associate EU membership status by saying it was an “ill-defined sham” and the “worst of both worlds”.
He criticised the EU as “undemocratic and moribund” and claimed the campaign to keep Britain in the EU was using “biblical” warnings to scare people into voting to stay in.
Ben Riley-Smith, Political Correspondent
May: We should leave the ECHR not the EU
T heresa May has said that Britain should leave the European Court of Human Rights, but not the European Union.
The Home Secretary’s call for a British Bill of Human Rights is also Conservative party policy, but her suggestion that Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights, that’s where they depart from each other.
H ere is a transcript of the key part:
“The case for remaining a signatory of the European convention on human rights, which means Britain is subject to the European court of human rights, is not clear. Because, despite what people sometimes think, it was not the European Union that delayed for years the extradition of Abu Hamza, almost stopped the deportation of Abu Qatada and tried to tell parliament that however we voted, we could not deprive prisoners of the vote. It is the European convention on human rights.
The ECHR can bind the hands of parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia's when it comes to human rights. So, regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this: if we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn't the EU we should leave, but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.
Now, I can already hear certain people saying, Ah, this means I'm against human rights. But human rights were not invented in 1950 when the convention was drafted, or in 1998 when the convention was incorporated into our law through the Human Rights Act. This is Great Britain, the country of Magna Carta, parliamentary democracy and the fairest courts in the world. And we can protect human rights ourselves in a way that doesn't jeopardise national security or bind the hands of parliament. A true British bill of rights, decided by parliament and amended by parliament, would protect not only the rights set out in the convention, but could include traditional British rights not protected by the ECHR such as the right to trial by jury.”
Read this earlier post for the full context.
PM: Gove is ‘looking at the past’ in free-for-all statement
D owning Street has rejected Mr Gove’s comments regarding the threat posed by the possible accession to the EU of Turkey and Albania.
The Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman said any discussions were “years away” and that the UK had a veto over any future enlargement.
“The Prime Minister negotiated, as part of the reforms that we secured in February, that for future accessions there will need to be a different set of transitional arrangements,” the spokesman said.
“So those out there talking about future countries joining seem to be looking at the past and not looking at the special status in the deal the Prime Minister has secured.”
Theresa May wants you to stay in the EU. Has she blown her chances of ever being Tory leader?
T hat’s the question being asked by The Telegraph’s Asa Bennett in his analysis of Theresa May’s speech:
Conservative leadership contenders’ career prospects are being tested in the crucible of the EU referendum. George Osborne and Boris Johnson have been battered by events, and now Theresa May steps up to the plate.
The Home Secretary faces an uphill battle in her bid to persuade voters that Britain can better control its borders by staying in the European Union, given her repeated complaint s about its rules. “Free movement makes it harder to control immigration,” she insisted on the Andrew Marr show , “but it doesn’t make it impossible to control immigration.”
Despite her stoicism, Ms May has manifestly failed on what many would say is her most important task: keeping migration under control. David Cameron promised that his Government would reduce net migration to below 100,000 a year “no ifs, no buts” , but she later downgraded this to s a mere ” ambition “.
Given such a struggle, the Home Secretary’s declaration last year that migration was making it “impossible" to build a "cohesive society" set off expectations that she would build on her apparent Euroscepticism all the way up to backing Brexit. But that was not to be, as she now tries to convince Britain that its borders are safer within the EU.
Duncan Smith: ‘Immigration has impact least well-off’
B en Riley-Smith, our political correspondent, is at a speech being delivered by two former Eurosceptic cabinet ministers.
Iain Duncan Smith is talking in central London ahead of a speech by Owen Paterson, the former environment secretary, about the risks of staying in the EU.
The former welfare secretary says Anzac Day, which falls today and commemorates soldiers from Australian and New Zealand, is a “timely reminder of the huge ties” we have with the Commonwealth.
M r Duncan Smith also warns “remaining [in the EU] carries the greater level of risk to this country” than leaving and warns about the impact of immigration on the least well-off.
“The poorest and the most low paid get damaged the most” by high levels of immigration, Mr Duncan Smith says.
He also takes a swipe at Lord Mandelson in his “cashmere coat” for suggesting that having fears over migration is xenophobic.
Theresa May: Brexit could be fatal to the Union
T heresa May has warned that a Brexit could be “fatal” to the future of the Union with Scotland.
May: “if Brexit isn’t fatal to the EU, we might find that it is fatal to the Union with Scotland”
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Theresa May says Brussels and Paris terror attacks are a reason to stay in EU
T heresa May says that the lessons of the Brussels and Paris attacks is a reason to stay in the EU – not to leave it.
She says: “Our response to Paris and Brussels cannot be go say that we should have less cooperation with countries that we not only our allies but our nearest neighbours. “So my judgment as Home Secretary is that remaining a member of the European Union means we will be more secure from crime and terrorism.”
Theresa May: The sky will not fall in if we leave the EU
T heresa May says that she does not believe those that think the ‘sky will fall in’ if Britain leaves the European Union but adds that it will prosper more if it remains in.
Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights
T heresa May has said that Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights. Crucially, it’s separate to the European Union and the European Court of Justice. It enables the Home Secretary to address the concerns of many eurosceptics without having to advocate a Brexit.
She said: “The ECHR can bind the hands of Parliament, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights. So regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this.
“If we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its Court.”
Theresa May says unease over EU will remain even if Britain votes to stay in
C hristopher Hope is at the Home Secretary’s speech:
Theresa May is forecasting decades of unease about the European Union. She says: “The organisations of which the United Kingdom should become – and remain – a member will be a matter of constant judgement for our leaders and the public for many years to come.”
Boris rejects claims of ‘dog-whistle racism’
L ondon mayor Boris Johnson rejects accusations of “dog-whistle racism” and dismisses Barack Obama’s claims that Britain would be at the back of the queue for any free trade deal if it backs Brexit.
Duncan Smith: EU freedom of movement hurts the poor
I ain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, who is a leading Brexit campaigner, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the EU’s free movement is “damaging poorer people”.
“I was the Work and Pensions secretary and I can tell you now happens is an awful lot of people come here from the European Union and actually compete hugely with lots of British people who are in the job centres trying to do jobs that basically they can do, low-skilled, non-skilled jobs. And they dropped down the salary level. Even skilled workers like carpenters and plumbers find they couldn't get jobs on the Olympic Park because they were outbid by people coming in from the European Union. Damaging poorer people, that's what this amounts to.”
Paterson: Britain will become ‘colony of Europe’
O wen Paterson, the Conservative former environment secretary, will give a speech this morning in which he will warn that Britain will be become a mere 'colony of Europe" if it stays in the EU. He will say:
“In other words, the prime minister's 'special status' for countries outside of the Eurozone, will leave Britain as a colony of Europe if we vote to remain, with the prime minister reduced to a Roman governor handing down dictats from what Jose Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission, described as the "empire". Under this scenario the notional head of the UK government would be occasionally obliged to placate the natives with the pretence of independence, while in reality powerless over decisions made hundreds of miles away.”
Johnson: Obama has ‘bullied’ UK over EU membership
B oris Johnson says Barack Obama has “bullied” the UK into remaining in the European Union.
He dismissed the President’s suggestion that Britain would be at “the back of the queue” for trade deals if it left the EU.
The London Mayor told Sky News: “So, for us to be bullied in this way – I don't want to exaggerate – for people to say that we are going to be unable to cope on our own is absolutely wrong.”
“I think it is absolutely ridiculous that the United Kingdom is now being told it has to go to the back of the queue for any free trade deal. The reason we haven't had a free trade deal in the last 43 years is that we are part of the EU.
“If we get out, we will have a huge opportunity to intensify our trade, not just with Europe but with the rest of the world. The World Trade Organisation has changed the way trade works in the world now. Tariff barriers are much less important. Seventy three percent of the non-EU trade we do at the moment is done without any kind of trade deal whatever.”
Four in five people don’t know how their personal finances would be affected post-EU referendum
M ost people feel neither side of the EU referendum debate has spelled out the financial benefits to households of their arguments clearly enough, a survey has found.
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of people surveyed for website comparethemarket.com agreed that neither side has “communicated effectively the financial benefits to households in their arguments”.
The remainder of those surveyed were fairly evenly split between both camps, with 14% believing the “staying in” campaign had better voiced the benefits to households and 13% saying that the “leave” campaign had been more convincing on this topic to date.
Y et four in five (80%) people surveyed will take their personal finances into account to varying extents when voting, the research found.
When asked what household bills people think would be most impacted by a vote to leave the EU, groceries was the most popular choice, with petrol and diesel fuel and energy coming in joint second place.
The survey of more than 6,000 people ahead of the UK’s decision on June 23 also found more than half (58%) think that bills will be impacted, either positively or negatively, were there to be a change in the status quo. The remaining 42% think their bills will not be impacted at all.
When people were asked to what extent they believe they would be financially better off if the country was in or out of the EU, 40% believed they would be better off remaining in the EU, whilst 30% thought they would be better off out.
Theresa May to make first major speech on EU referendum
H ome Secretary Theresa May, who until now has not made any significant intervention in the EU referendum campaign, is to make a major speech today.
O ver the weekend she admitted to the BBC that the free movement of works within the EU makes it more difficult to curb immigration to the UK.
“Yes, free movement makes it harder to control immigration but it doesn’t make it impossible to control immigration,” she said. “We have to be constantly working at it, which is exactly what we’re doing, so you can’t just change one feature and assume that is going to have an impact.”
Pro-EU camp buoyed by Obama and Clinton intervention
T he pro-EU camp has been buoyed by President Obama’s insistence it would take up to a decade for a post-Brexit Britain to cut a trade deal with Washington.
T he Remain side also warned an admission by Leave campaigner and justice minister Dominic Raab that UK citizens may need visas to visit the continent after a withdrawal from the EU highlighted the negative changes Brexit would bring.
Pressed on The Sunday Politics whether Britons would need visas to travel to France or Germany, Mr Raab said: “Or some other kind of check.”
The pro-Europe camp has also welcomed the intervention of US presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on their side.
Johnson on EU renegotiation: ‘What did we get? Two thirds of diddly squat’
L ondon mayor Boris Johnson, writing in The Telegraph:
“The Prime Minister explicitly asked: to restore social and employment legislation to national control; for a complete opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental rights; to stop the European court adjudicating on UK criminal law; to ensure that immigrants have a job offer before entering the UK; to revise the Working Time directive to protect the NHS; to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and the structural funds; and full-on Treaty change. What did we get? Two thirds of diddly squat.”
Gove: ‘We cannot control our borders’
M ichael Gove, the Justice Secretary, writing in The Times:
“More EU control of our economy will increase regulation, hold back innovation, slow growth and reduce the amount of money available for our public services. In the same vein, the EU response to the migration crisis is a Five Nations free-for-all with an invitation to Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Turkey to join the Union. Because we cannot control our borders – and because our deal sadly does nothing to change this fact – public services such as the NHS will face an unquantifiable strain as millions more become EU citizens and have the right to move to the UK.”
Brexit campaign fights back
B rexit’s two biggest hitters have gone into battle to seize back the referendum initiative from US President Barack Obama by putting immigration at the top of the agenda.
Justice Secretary Michael Gove has warned the UK faces a migration “free for all” unless it breaks away from Brussels as the Leave camp moved to exploit an admission from the Government that EU free movement of labour rules make it harder to curb immigration.
T he intervention came as London Mayor Boris Johnson came out fighting after being roundly condemned by both sides in the Brexit tussle for his highly personalised attacks on Mr Obama.
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