Obie wrote:I make no secret of my view on immigration.
I am a global minded person, who strongly believe that there we must be in a borderless world were people can move freely and join their families and live their lives happily.
I am not a dearly beloved, and I believe all human are equal.
I am of the view that most of this talk of immigration is centred around race and culture .
A borderless world has not existed since the evolution of the modern concept of a nation-state, which started with the Peace of Westphalia, which ironically dismantled most of the Holy Roman Empire, the last Pan European state.
If one wants a world without boundaries, one gets a world like that inhabited by ISIS, with feudal, tribal and familial loyalties, not national ones.
The concept of freedom of movement arose from the destruction and the ashes of WWII. There was a feeling of belonging to a common Europe, with common values. And I see it myself when I travel across Europe, when my tour guide in Prague is a half-Spanish, half-Dutch (no, he is not related to Nick Clegg) student attending an Erasmus programme in a German university, but living in and commuting from the Czech Republic. I have been to the European Parliament and Commission as a part of a university study group where British members of staff lament the lack of interest of British people in jobs and opportunities in Europe, except perhaps in retiring to Spain.
I doubt the founders of the EU in the 1960s and 1970s would have expected their treaty text to mean that half-brothers and nephews of somebody married to an EU citizen would get rights to reside across the EU, based on a dependency at some point in the past.
Some people worship the written word of the law as if it were Gospel, not realising that the law is worth nought if people do not respect it. And respect arises from a broad understanding of the circumstances.
It is worth remembering that what has been made can be unmade. The President of the EU Parliament has highlighted that this deal can be unmade by the EU Parliament or the CJEU. But so can the whole EU be unmade. I would suggest to them not to be haughty, but humble.
It is also worth remembering that the fortune for any political right swings like a pendulum. And the further to one side the pendulum is dragged, the more violent the swing against is generated.
I am not a lawyer or immigration advisor. My statements/comments do not constitute legal advice. E&OE. Please do not PM me for advice.