The proposed reforms won't even come close to making Britain sovereign againby Liam Fox / February 3, 2016 / Leave a comment
Ever since the day I walked into parliament I have been told that the EU is moving in the UK’s direction. I have been assured that Brussels wants to hand powers back to national parliaments, and that the EU is on course to become a vibrant economy and dynamic trading bloc. A key thing that I have learnt in that time is that the EU is very good at making promises but is very bad at delivering them.
The draft agreement between the UK Government and the EU made yesterday is a case in point. David Cameron has not actually asked for very much, but the EU has still failed to countenance his proposals.
The Conservative manifesto upon which I stood for re-election in May promised a complete suspension of EU migrant benefits for four years. Indeed, the Prime Minister suggested that this was the headline item of his reform package. However, the draft agreement states that “the limitation should be graduated,” meaning there is not a complete ban. Instead, EU migrants will begin to receive in-work benefits within the four year period. This simplest of manifesto pledges has been broken because the EU will not allow us to control our own welfare or immigration systems. In other words, in this policy area we are not sovereign.