A PARLIAMENTARY bill seeking to limit immigration to the UK from new European Union countries, debated today (Wednesday), has been co-sponsored by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.
The bill has called for would-be EU migrants to have a job, sufficient funds to stop them claiming benefits and to be in good health with no criminal record before they are permitted to settle here.
The requirements it demanded are similar to immigration controls demanded by the USA and Australia.
Currently, all EU member states are bound by the 2004 EU Free Movement Directive.
Since July, Spain has imposed stricter entrance requirements on EU nationals who wish to live there as youth unemployment climbed to 50 per cent.
Mr Turner said: "I am particularly concerned because in 2014 Bulgarians and Romanians will acquire the same rights as other EU citizens to come to the UK — that is an extra 29 million people."
Mr Turner confirmed he was also a signatory to amendments calling for real terms cuts in the EU budget and restoration of the full British budget rebate, both of which were also due to be debated today.
Labour MP Denis McShane spoke against the bill calling it insulting to many people from the EU who contributed to the British economy.
However MPs voted in favour of the bill receiving a second reading, which will take place on December 14.