A think tank, namely Global Future, stated introducing electronic identity cards and tightening current rules could overcome concerns over immigration. Moreover, the UK could implement this potentially without the need to leave the EU. Many commentators and politicians have stated that many EU countries within the UK have made use of powers to manage migration and are perplexed why the UK have not done the same.
Lord Adonis stated: “…The choice between EU membership and controlling migration is a false one. Electronic ID cards would mean we know exactly who is here and give us real control over access to our public services and entitlements…These policies are practical, actionable solutions to immigration that are already being deployed across Europe. I believe strongly that they will help to persuade voters that the best way to take back control is to stay in the EU and get serious about immigration and welfare enforcement – so let’s do that instead of trashing our economy on the basis of a false choice...”
The Labour peer backing the findings of Global Future highlighted that Britain is the only country within the EU that does not have a national ID card system. The report asserts that British citizens were not opposed to immigration in principle and wanted tougher/proper controls to prevent crime and ‘freeloaders’. Remain supports would support such measures rather than ending free movement. The national ID card would bring benefits such as control of access to benefits, use of public services, use of the NHS and right to work. It is likely that these proposals will be strongly opposed by civil rights campaigners who halted similar proposals under the Blair administration. Now that freedom of movement is threatened, concerns over surveillance and privacy might be less unpopular with British citizens only time will tell.
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