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Camino Mortera @CaminoMortera
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Thread: I am hearing a lot of talk about a second referendum and going back to the question of reforming #freemovement, including this report from @sundersays on @nick_clegg's conversations around #Europe. I think this is a dangerous route to go. Here is why.
First, I am sure that governments across the EU have concerns about abuse of free movement. But this abuse, while serious, is marginal and receives very little attention from media and public opinion on the Continent.
Second, while some minor reforms to #freemovement are not only possible but also necessary, as @COdendahl and myself explain here - cer.eu/publications/a…, they won't happen any time soon and will surely be less likely to happen if a perceived 'blackmailing' comes from UK again
Third, a quick look at the data shows why member-states will be rather reluctant to embark on any significant reform of #freemovement, particularly now. Below, support to free movement in 2015. Highest was #Latvia at 95%, lowest was #UK at a whooping 63%
...and here, support for free movement in the Spring of 2018. Average of #EU28 has gone up from 79% to 82%. Lowest support rates have gone up from #Britain's 63% to #Italy's 70%. Support in the UK has gone up by almost 10%. If you ask me, this has a lot to to do with #Brexit. End
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