Britain’s Justice Secretary of State, Michael Gove, has once again used our country as an example in a comment on the issue of ‘Brexit’, Britain’s exit from the European Union, for which he is in favor.
Gove says, “You think EU is bad now? Wait until you Albania joins.”
Gove initially put the emphasis on the money his country is spending in obligations to the European Union. He also writes that Britain’s money is supporting Albania’s membership and several other countries into the European Union.
“Every week we send £350 million to the EU. And now millions of your hard-earned taxes are being directed to these five prospective members.
Between now and 2020 the United Kingdom will pay almost £2 billion to help these nations prepare for membership in the EU.
We are actually paying to give the people of Albania and Montenegro unfettered access to the UK’s public services.
EU citizens enjoy the right to live and work in any member state – it’s a freedom the EU’s members consider essential to the working of their union. We saw in the Prime Minister’s recent attempts to renegotiate our EU membership the absolute determination of other EU leaders to protect this right.
But while it suits the EU establishment to allow so many millions to move to the UK, that freedom for others means problems for our own citizens.
When Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey join the EU, another 88 million people will soon be eligible for NHS care and school places for their children.
The states now negotiating to join the EU include Albania, Serbia and Turkey – countries with poor populations and serious problems with organized crime, corruption, and sometimes even terrorism.
We have to ask ourselves, is it really right that the EU should just continue to expand, conferring upon all new member states all the rights of membership?
As Justice Secretary, I am well aware that there are around 10,000 foreign criminals in our jails – and one in 20 of those is Albanian.
Of all the prisoners in our jails who come from European countries, 10 per cent come from Albania – yet Albania comprises less than half of one per cent of the overall population of Europe”-says the Secretary of State for Justice in the UK