Monday, March 24

The Gurkers and EU Law

By Dr Richard North
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"There are times when the routine irritation we all feel with the idiocies that take place daily in government is supplanted by splenetic anger caused by something truly outlandish."So writes Philip Johnston in The Daily Telegraph, one of many to add his voice to the growing campaign for equal treatment for Gurkhas.
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The particular grievance is that, while Gurkhas who retired from the Army after 1997 may be granted indefinite leave to enter the UK and can then apply to become UK citizens, those who retired before the cut-off date have no such rights.

The technical difference is that, prior to 1997, the Brigade of Gurkhas was based in Hong Kong while, after that – with the return of the colony to the Chinese – the Brigade has been based in the UK.This may seem only a technical difference, but technicalities are everything – when it comes to EU law. And there, the huge but ever-present elephant slumbers on in the corner of the room, ignored by all and sundry.
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However, the admission of third-country nationals to the UK and the rules for citizenship are set out not in UK law but by the EU, specifically Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003, "concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents".Within the framework of reference of this EU law, Ghurkas who were based on Britain – i.e., post 1997 – conform with the entry requirements set out. Those who were engaged prior to that do not. It really is as simple as that.
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It is all very well for Philip Johnston thus to write, "It is time to honour our debt to the Gurkhas," but – in the eyes of our government - we have a greater "loyalty" to the European Union, and an absolute obligation to obey EU law.How interesting it is therefore that the front runner in the campaign to afford "equal rights" to the Gurkhas is former commission official and MEP Nick Clegg, temporarily leader of the Lib-Dims. Yet he, like the others – had they been bothered to find out – should know that our provincial government, in framing the rules, is bound by the provisions of the EU law, and has no room for manoeuvre.
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Nor should the fact that the EU increasingly governs our immigration law come as any surprise. Since Maastricht – under the Justice and Home Affairs chapter – immigration policy has become a competence of the EU and, progressively, the EU is working towards a Common Immigration Policy, defining the rules under which third country nationals may enter.The details of the elements for a common EU immigration policy were EU set out at the October 1999 European Council in Tampere (Finland) and confirmed in 2004. We – or, in this instance, the Gurkhas – are now paying the price.
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Furthermore, as long as we are members of the European Union, this is how it must be. Third country nationals who become British citizens also acquire rights as "EU citizens", set out in the infamous Directive 2004/38/EC. These include the rights to bring in their spouses, parents, parents-in-law and children, all of whom then acquire citizenship rights.
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So it is that the EU must set the rules, which define not only entry to the UK but to the whole of "fortress Europe", and the UK has no choice but to obey.
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What we have here, therefore, is another example of the infantile refusal of the "chattering classes" to acknowledge and accept that, in many respects, we are no longer an independent nation and that our rules are set by our supreme government in Brussels.
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How much easier it is to wax splenetic at the injustice of it all and to pontificate endlessly about what the government should or should not do, rather that grow up and accept the reality of what we have become - an offshore province of the European Union.

4 comments:

MikeAshford said...

Nice try, pity you seem to have a literacy impediment:

Read the bottom line at http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/immigration/fsj_immigration_intro_en.htm:
"The UK and Ireland decide on their involvement on a case-by-case basis (possibility of an 'opt-in')." In other words, they have ALL the room to manoeuvre they need!

Moreover, all these directives contain clauses honouring "more favourable national provisions", so again, the UK government can do pretty much whatever it likes, and these directives form no hindrance to them at all.

Like many other eurocynics, you are apparently aware that your 'case' is inherently weak, so you resort to cheap lies to deceive the more gullible people. Why this malice?

Anonymous said...

not to be racist but the goverment give our homes to the muslims who hate us and have bombes us freatend our very lifes and yet we get told to be respectfull to them yet they dont do the same for the gurkers who fought for us died for us and gave up their country for us now what has that got them im sickend by the goverment and i worry we will not servive with out the gurkers as they are apart of us let them stay and tell any one who dont or wont fight for us to get out and stay out any one who would give up their life for this country is a british citerzin in my book

Anonymous said...

i agree with anon why let people stay that are making british citizens lives hell with there beliefs and would not get up and fight for us let the gurkers stay they deserve to be part of us as they have given up alot for us

Anonymous said...

think they should get rid of all the so called EU nationals that are and have destroyed this country, as well as all the muslims who wont fit in to our ways of life! start repairing what has happened to this country and let te Gurkers who have fought for us in to our country and put there lives on the line for all of us.