There is quite the rift happening in the Cabinet at the moment. Aides from top members of the Cabinet are hitting out against each other over details surrounding our departure from the European Union. There are fears among the pro-Brexit MPs in the Cabinet around the free movement of people. There have been hints that free movement of people may continue even in a post-Brexit United Kingdom.
Proponents of Brexit claim that the free movement of people would be against the vote on the 23rd of June to leave the European Union, with immigration being a key concern during the campaign. Opponents of Brexit on the other hand claim that the referendum question was vague, and only meant leaving the European Union - not turning our back on it. Remember the Liberal Democrat line: “We voted for departure but not a destination”.
People in the European Union say that single market membership/access requires one of the principles of the single market - free movement of people.
Is the continuation of free movement of people against the vote on 23rd June 2016?
Are you in favour of free movement of people, or not, or do not care either way?
Personally, I don’t believe that the continuation of free movement of people is necessarily against the will of the vote. Technically speaking it wasn’t on the ballot paper, but there is an argument that it was a core issue with vast swathes of leave voters. I myself was a leave voter, but I didn’t have any whims about immigration - I voted for sovereignty and better free trade.
The entire point of Brexit is the supremecy of UK law, and better accountability. If it is the will of the British people to end the free movement of people, then they will decide through the ballot paper on 2022 when the parties unveil their manifestos for the next General Election - if there is no one sooner. Whether it would be against the will of the British people in the 2017 General Election is another question.
I personally don’t care either way if free movement ends, I would personally prefer it to stay. An end to free movement, but light border restrictions would be favourable.
What do you think?