Theresa May says ‘work is ongoing’ to restrict migration to the UK in the event of a financial collapse in the eurozone
The Home Office is working on plans to restrict migration to the United Kingdom if the eurozone crisis deteriorates leading to large numbers of jobs seekers tarvelling from Europe, the home secretary has said.
Theresa May said that “work was ongoing” to restrict immigration if there is a financial collapse, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
She said there was no sign of increased migration, but the government was examining the trends, When asked if she was considering immigration restrictions, May replied: “It is right that we do some contingency planning on this [and] that is work that is ongoing.”
All members of the European Union have the right to work in the UK with the exception of the new members Romania and Bulgaria. While more than a million Europeans live and work in the UK, similar numbers of Britons live and work across Europe.
May’s comments appear to be focused on Greece, which some commentators believe is likely to leave the eurozone which will in the short term at least cause even greater economic instability than the Greeks are experiencing now.
If Greece does leave the eurozone, the whole of Europe will be affected, especially those that are wrestling with debt problems such as Portugal, Spain and Ireland.
European governments have been preparing secret plans of action for a Greek crisis which could be precipitated if there are no clear victors in the second Greek elections next month.