Merkel’s Germany is at the heart of the problem.
By Mike “Mish” Shedlock and cross-posted from his blog, Mish Talk
One of many Brexit negotiation difficulties is that the EU demands freedom of movement. The EU should look in a mirror.
The EU has deals with Asia, Canada, and the US. None of them requires freedom of movement of labor.
When dealing with the UK, the EU will not let the UK “cherry pick” options. It insists the UK abide by the four freedoms.
EU’s Four Freedoms
- The free movement of goods.
- The free movement of services and freedom of establishment.
- The free movement of persons (and citizenship), including free movement of workers.
- The free movement of capital.
One of the key reasons the UK voted for Brexit was in regards to freedom of movement of labor.
Here’s the current setup within the EU.
Germany, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Italy, and the Czech Republic all have or want border controls. (DQ: It’s worth noting that on Thursday Spain’s People’s Party, now in the opposition, also called for an end to freedom of movement in a rabid response to a German court’s decision to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain on charges of misappropriation of funds rather than rebellion).
Merkel’s CDU/CSU coalition has splintered over freedom of movement. Yes, we are talking migrants, but once in the EU, how does one stop anyone from moving freely without border controls?
Freedom of movement in the EU is by name only…