MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, July 16th 2019 - 16:48 UTC



Cameron prepared to restrict immigration from Euro zone countries

Wednesday, July 4th 2012 - 18:29 UTC
Full article 14 comments
“Prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe”, said UK PM “Prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe”, said UK PM

Britain could restrict the immigration of Greeks and other citizens of Euro zone countries affected by Europe's sovereign debt crisis in the event of “extraordinary stresses and strains”, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

“The legal position is that if there are extraordinary stresses and strains it is possible to take action to restrict migratory flows, but obviously we hope that doesn't happen,” he told a parliamentary committee.

“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our country safe, to keep our banking system strong, to keep our economy robust,” he added.

European Union rules allow the free flow of people to live and work around the group's 27 member states, but fears have mounted in Britain of a wave of migrants from struggling states such as Greece and Spain if their economies continue to worsen.

Cameron said greater European banking integration - a likely response by the Euro zone's 17 member states to the crisis - would not necessarily mean big changes for Britain if the right safeguards were in place.

Some in Britain worry that a powerful Euro zone banking bloc could change financial rules that impact London, Europe's biggest financial centre and on which Britain relies for a large chunk of its revenues.

Cameron wants safeguards that a Euro zone banking union would not use its clout to bounce Britain into decisions it does not agree with.

“If the 17 countries of the Euro zone bring about a banking union for themselves, which I think frankly they need to do ....and if we can get proper safeguards in place then that wouldn't be a fundamental change for us,” Cameron said.

Categories: Politics, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • briton


    You will just embarrass your self and the country,

    Like most politicians you never under stand
    You never listen, you don’t care,

    If you try one iota
    They will take you to the ECHR,
    And you will lose,
    We cannot stop them,
    We cannot stop anyone anymore,
    We can’t even kick convicted terrorists out of the uk,

    Despite your promise, you have refuse us, our rights to a referendum
    You still refuse to scrap the ECHR,
    You still failed to stop immigration,
    And you failed to save our defence,

    Please, don’t embarrass us again.

    Either back it up, or shut up.

    My opinion,

    [why o why are we cursed with stupid premiers .]

    Jul 04th, 2012 - 06:43 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Is this Cameron guy the same idiot that doesn't want to return Malvinas to Argentina?
    Not wonder many, in Britain included, changed your last name to PM Camoron.

    Interesting comment from a Brit about this“amazing” new idea of Mr Cameron:

    “Er, it's not Greeks that actually trouble me Prime Minister. It's all the other lot that Blair, Brown and now you, have let in! In fact I'd go as far as to say I'd swap a whole lot of people here for Greeks!!”

    Jul 04th, 2012 - 06:56 pm 0
  • Condorito

    It is not specifically Cameron who doesn't want to give the FI to Arg, it is the majority of the people and parliment, not to mention the Islanders.

    re the Greeks: the brits would happily take all of Greece in exchange for all the less desirable ones.

    Jul 04th, 2012 - 07:33 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!