FROM UKIP’S DEPUTY LEADER EU-lovin’ To­ries just can’t de­liver

STRAIGHT TALK­ING

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EI­THER the Con­ser­va­tive Party is in­ept and stupid beyond belief or its lead­ers are wil­fully ly­ing to the Bri­tish pub­lic.

That’s the only con­clu­sion that can be drawn from a se­ries of Tory an­nounce­ments last week about im­mi­gra­tion and hu­man rights.

Now I know a good num­ber of To­ries and I know that they’re not stupid, so my guess is that they’re at­tempt­ing to pull the wool over the eyes of the Bri­tish peo­ple in a des­per­ate ef­fort to out-UKIP UKIP.

Take the is­sue of im­mi­gra­tion. David Cameron stood up at the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence and an­nounced that he will rene­go­ti­ate free­dom of move­ment within the Eero­pean Union to re­duce im­mi­gra­tion.

The party faith­ful cheered him to rafters, un­sur­pris­ingly, as did the majority of the Bri­tish me­dia, which re­ally should’ve known bet­ter be­cause it’s ob­vi­ous that the Prime Min­is­ter can’t de­liver on this prom­ise.

Whilst Mr Cameron was on the podium in Birm­ing­ham say­ing that he’d rene­go­ti­ate free­dom of move­ment I was hav­ing a very in­ter­est­ing meet­ing in Brussels with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner re­spon­si­ble for labour mo­bil­ity across the EU – the per­son we would have to rene­go­ti­ate with.

I asked her di­rectly whether the UK could rene­go­ti­ate free­dom of move­ment within the EU and her an­swer was that the right of free move­ment of work­ers was an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of the in­ter­nal mar­ket and that she wasn’t pre­pared to shake on that prin­ci­ple.

So in other words, there will be NO rene­go­ti­a­tion, re­gard­less of what Cameron tells his Tory chums.

And be­sides, it would take the agree­ment of the other 27 EU mem­ber states for Bri­tain to suc­cess­fully rene­go­ti­ate free­dom of move­ment rules – and there’s more chance of Elvis turn­ing up in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment than that ever hap­pen­ing.

Then, later in the week, the Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling told another whopper by an­nounc­ing that if the To­ries won next year’s gen­eral elec­tion they will seek to pull out of the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights ( ECHR) and cre­ate a Bri­tish Bill of Rights in­stead.

I like this idea so much it’s ac­tu­ally of­fi­cial UKIP pol­icy.

How­ever, what Mr Grayling for­gets to tell the Bri­tish peo­ple is that if you are a mem­ber of the EU then you have to be signed up to the ECHR.

The two go hand in hand and have done since the sign­ing of the Lis­bon Treaty by Gor­don Brown in 2008.

You know, that same Lis­bon Treaty about which Mr Cameron gave us a “cast iron guar­an­tee” of a ref­er­en­dum, only to drop it at the first op­por­tu­nity.

Both of th­ese Tory pro­pos­als are sen­si­ble but in­evitably un­de­liv­er­able sim­ply be­cause of their to­tal com­mit­ment to re­main­ing in the EU.

If we left – like UKIP want to – then we could at last re­duce im­mi­gra­tion by con­trol­ling our own bor­ders and pull out of the ECHR and pro­duce our own Bill of Rights.

How­ever, as long as the Con­ser­va­tives are wed­ded to the EU, which they are, then they’re talk­ing tosh when it comes to im­mi­gra­tion and hu­man rights.

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