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    1. Ok so here goes. Freedom of Movement. Hardly has a phrase been more misunderstood. It does NOT mean anyone has the right to live anywhere

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    2. in the EU. It means they can do for 3 months unconditionally. After that, if employed, they can stay. If not employed they must have

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    3. "Sufficient resources not to be a burden on the benefit system of the country". That element has never been enforced in the U.K., partly

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    4. because to do so would require tracking of entry and exit dates, and probably an ID card system. The cost of this was always judged too

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    5. high by UK government, as the incoming EU citizens pay in taxes more than they cost, so there was little incentive to spend money on it.

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    6. But of course, what UK government failed to do was to invest disproportionally in the areas the EU citizens moved to leading to local

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    7. real issues with housing, jobs etc.. But that's beside the point. The key point is this. Even according to the EU Commission and Parl's

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    8. own briefing documents on FoM, there have been so many implementation issues in all member states that it can't be said to be fully

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    9. operative today, years after its introduction. In fact, the EU Parl's factsheet says that operation and detail of the policy is now

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    10. mainly decided by Case Law.
    This is ridiculous. The flagship policy of one of the famous 4 freedoms should NOT be in this state.

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    11. What is needed is a new EU law clarifying the policy and specific terms. It is badly needed to enable the principle to be enacted in

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    12. all member states, equally. It is needed so the detail of the rights can be fully explained to all EU citizens rather than misunderstood

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    13. The EU should reform this law NOW. That can solve the issues and allow a revisiting of the Brexit decision, as well as reducing future

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    14. potential risks of populists across the EU using it as an excuse, a hero-issue for their hate-filled agenda.
    Carpe diem, EU. Please? //

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