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Thread #165570 Message #3999998
Posted By: Backwoodsman
09-Jul-19 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Strictly speaking, the EU rules regarding free movement of people say that we can’t prevent EU citizens from entering the UK, but we can prevent them from remaining - if they are not housed, employed, and self-sufficient within three months, we can send them home.
Unfortunately, successive governments, both Tory and Labour, have neglected to enact that control. That’s the fault of the UK, Sweet FA to do with the EU.
And, of course, free movement works both ways - at least as many U.K. citizens have moved to other EU member-states as vice-versa.
And the UK fishing industry - the large-scale part that was based on the Humber ports and which accounted for the vast majority of fish landed in the U.K. ‘back then’ has gone for ever - it will not come back, no matter whether we Leave, or (please God, let it be so!) Remain.
So your pipe-dream of a re-juvenated, buoyant fishing industry (see what I did there?) is just that - a pipe-dream. Dream on. The piddly-little boats will carry on, but the big boys, the deep-sea fleet that made all the big money, is gone for ever.