Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Telegraph: Europeans are intensely emotional about free movement. They won't give it up easily

The Telegraph: Europeans are intensely emotional about free movement. They won't give it up easily

by Peter Foster

"For millions of Europeans the principle of free movement and the Schengen zone is not abstract, or negative, it is the very oxygen of the Union, a very physical incarnation of its political and philosophical raison d’etre.

Every day 1.7m workers cross borders in Europe to go to work, they speak each other’s languages and far more than us, mix, marry and meld across a single landmass. Put another way, free movement is an emotional issue for them, as it is a negative one for many Brits.

So when it comes to accessing the single market, the quid pro quos that Europe will demand for offering a post-EU Britain the right to curb such a fundamental principle will surely reflect that."

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