“World” Editorial Department. Italian, Spanish, or French au pair were arrested while disembarking at Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport and held in a detention center before being sent back to their country. Poles, Bulgarians and Romanians were also forced to turn around on suspicion of finding jobs. For citizens of the European Union (EU), Brexit now looks like a ruthless customs.
In the first quarter alone, 3,294 people were turned away from the UK border, six times the number in the same period in 2020. Since the implementation of Brexit, 1Yes In January, to work in the UK, and more importantly, to settle in the UK, a visa is required. This visa is only issued to holders of job opportunities with a monthly salary of at least 2,500 Euros.
This suppression of free movement and installation is the privilege of EU citizens and is a direct result of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Given that the end of this freedom was the first argument raised by Brexit supporters during the 2016 referendum, this is not surprising. The extreme right’s request to close the border, including Europeans, got a response from Boris Johnson.The conductor of the event, in the form of a popular slogan “Let us take back control” Our borders.
Although Europeans applying to work in the UK are dominated by the sentiments of British customs officials, other EU citizens who have been established across the English Channel must produce a large number of documents to obtain “resident” status. As the deadline on June 30 approaches, out of the 5.4 million applicants, more than 300,000 cases remain undecided. Thousands of European expats risk finding themselves in an uncertain legal situation.
The citizens of neighboring countries are united by history, geography, and decades of free movement, thinking that they are in such a dangerous situation that this should not please any European citizen. Whether it is people in the European Union — they ask for nothing — nor the British, their freedom of migration and settlement on the European continent is subject to symmetrical restrictions. Now, ordinary Europeans have to experience both the humiliation of immigrants knocking on the door of a hostile country and the political instrumentation of their situation.