|Author (Person)||O'Brien, Charlotte, Pech, Laurent|
|Series Title||EU Law Analysis|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
This post primarily aims to clarify the scope of EU free movement rules with the view of addressing some of the most common (legal) misconceptions one may regularly encounter in the British media and elsewhere. The authors argue that the much of the criticism of free movement has targeted a ‘straw man’, with little regard to the actual regime.
In the UK, for instance, there seems to be a wide consensus across the political spectrum on the need to restrict ‘current EU freedom of movement rules’ yet ‘current’ EU rules are often misunderstood or misrepresented. To argue that the UK has simply ‘no control’ over immigration from the rest of the EU is inaccurate. Similarly, one may regret that some EU actors tend to paint freedom of movement as one which could not be subject to restrictions and one which would be inherently connected with rules on the free movement of goods, capital and services.
These aspects and many others are addressed in this blog via 10 questions & answers. The post ends with a brief outline of the main models and possible options for the UK to consider when it will have to agree the ‘framework for its future relationship with the Union’ to quote Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (hereinafter: TEU).
(1) Does EU Law guarantee an absolute right to move and reside anywhere in the EU?
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|