Theresa May’s Snap Election is an opportunity for the EU

An open letter to Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.

Dear Angela, Dear Francois,

Theresa May’s call for a snap election to solidify her mandate is an opportunity. Let’s face it. Your insistence on free movement with no exceptions is a bad idea. All across Europe, it’s only the rich elites like yourselves (and yours truly) who are not feeling utterly fearful of unbridled immigration and the percieved threat that it poses to their personal security and their social benefits.

Here is what I propose you do:

Initiate a 5 year limited moratorium on free movement of people as follows:

  1. If you are a citizen of an EU country, your right to resettle in any other EU member country is unrestricted.
  2. But if you are a non-citizen then your right to resettle to another-member state is conditional on the new country’s consent.
  3. Once you earn citizenship, you become free to move.

In other words: Free movement for citizens. But not for immigrants — who have to earn their way in — either by acquiring citizenship in their host state, or by gaining the consent of the new country.

Here are the benefits:

This would not be some sort of late exception, or special treatment for Britain. It would apply to all member states.
It would not be an enticement to get Britons to vote to remain in the EU. Rather it would be a demonstration to all member states that the EU is flexible and response to the needs of it’s members.
It would force countries that prefer a liberal immigration regime — like Germany — to recognize that they have to bear the risks, and that they have to respect the fears of other member states (like Hungary.)

And lastly, for remainers like myself, it would provide an extraordinary opportunity for the United Kingdom to reverse it’s humongously bonehead referendum vote last year to leave the EU, and instead to remain an undivided Kingdom with Scotland and to stay in the European Union.

Sincerely,

Guy Spier