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