Few issues divide Britain from the rest of the EU as much as attitudes towards free movement, says Roger Casale for The Parliament Magazine.
For the EU, freedom of movement is a shibboleth – one of the ‘sacred’ pillars of the single market and a crowning achievement of European integration. It has become part of the DNA of our European identity - the birth-right of a new generation of Europeans.
The British, on the other hand, cite free movement as their main reason for wanting to leave the EU and the Immigration White Paper seeks to confine it to history. In future, EU citizens who want to live, work, love or study in Britain will have to ask for permission.
This marks a sad day for EU citizens and a day of shame for Britain.
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