The second issue that I wanted to rant about was reaction to the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU. I was especially disappointed by the official Lib Dem reaction to the Government decision to impose restrictions on working rights on citizens of the new EU states. As I said in a letter to Lib Dem News, economists are divided about the short term benefits of immigration from the ‘New Europe’ but the long term benefits in the form of new future trading links with states that are going to turn in the biggest growth rates on the continent are undeniable. Added to which, from a Lib Dem perspective, how can we claim to be European party with a straight face when we are acquiescing to the creation of two classes of EU citizen and state?
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