Referendum

Euro Guido

Multiple reports are emerging that EU citizens have been sent polling cards despite not having a vote in the referendum. Jakub Pawlowski, a Polish citizen living in Kingston, Surrey, tells Guido: “I have been living in UK since 2006 but never applied for British citizenship. I recently bought a house and in December 2015, right after completion, filled the form to get registered on electoral roll. I have selected there that I’m a Polish citizen. I could therefore vote in London mayoral elections this month, however recently I got a polling card for the upcoming referendum on EU membership.” Non-British EU citizens do not have a vote in the referendum… Kingston council told Jakub that he was erroneously in their database as a British citizen. But this appears to be a widespread problem:

 

Express

Calls were growing tonight for an urgent inquiry into the integrity of the EU referendum amid claims that European citizens are being sent polling cards despite being ineligible to vote. Ukip leader Nigel Farage said reports that people with no British citizenship are apparently on the register to take part in the historic Brexit vote “need looking at” immediately.  Fears that the integrity of the vote could be compromised were raised after one Polish man living in Surrey said he was incorrectly registered with the council as a British citizen.

 

Breitbart

Claims are emerging that European Union (EU) citizens living in the UK are receiving polling cards for next month’s referendum despite not being allowed to vote. George Eaton, Political Editor of the New Statesman, claims that he knows of EU citizens, specifically Germans and Poles, receiving the cards even though they are officially ineligible to vote in the referendum.

 

 

Immigration

Telegraph

Migrants will be barred from entering Britain after a Brexit unless they can speak good English and have the right skills for a job, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have pledged as they set out their vision for the UK outside of the EU. In a joint declaration, Mr Johnson and Mr Gove announce plans for an Australian-style points based immigration system to come into force in the years after Britain leaves the EU. Their statement, which is also signed by employment minister Priti Patel, will infuriate Downing Street and represents a major challenge to David Cameron’s authority.

 

Mail

Brexit would pave the way for an immigration revolution to slash numbers arriving from the EU, leading Out campaigners pledge today. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Priti Patel say they will insist on a tough Australian-style points system to finally meet the Tory pledge to cut net immigration to below 100,000. In a statement they attack David Cameron’s dismal record on the issue, warning that Britain’s EU membership means we ‘don’t have control’ over who comes here.

 

Sky News

Plans to introduce an Australian-style points system of immigration have been unveiled by leading Leave campaigners. A statement from Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Gisela Stuart sets out a blueprint in which the right to come to the UK would be based on skills. It would end the automatic right of EU citizens to live and work here.

 

BBC News

The UK could have a “fairer, more humane” immigration system that would work better for the economy if it left the EU, leading Leave campaigners say. Tories Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel, and Labour’s Gisela Stuart are calling for a points-based system for all migrants coming to the UK. They say EU free movement rules have hit wages and strained public services. The Remain campaign said the proposal would “wreck” the UK economy and could drive up immigration.

 

Guardian

European migrants coming to the UK will have to prove that they can speak good English and be subject to an Australian-style points system if Britain votes to leave the EU, according Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Priti Patel. The three leading Conservative out campaigners, who all sit in David Cameron’s main or political cabinet, have issued a joint statement about the rules they would want to implement in a post-Brexit Britain. “By the next general election, we will create a genuine Australian-style points based immigration system. The automatic right of all EU citizens to come to live and work in the UK will end, as will EU control over vital aspects of our social security system,” they write.

 

ITV News

An Australian-style points-based immigration system could be introduced in the UK if Britain votes to leave the EU, Brexit campaigners have revealed. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Gisela Stuart from the Labour party were among those to set out the immigration system blueprint. The plan would spell the end of the automatic right of EU citizens to come to live and work in the UK. Skills would then become the primary basis on which residence in the UK would be permitted.

 

Mirror

Nearly half a million refugees and their kids could flock to Britain from the EU from 2020, a report claims today. Migration Watch estimates 4.8 million asylum seekers will head to Europe “over a period of years”, with between 5 per cent and 10 per cent coming to the UK if they can. Chairman Lord Deddington said: “The UK could well face a significant secondary flow of refugees from Europe in the coming years adding to the already huge strain being placed on housing and public services.

 

 

Dress code

Telegraph

Employers can ban workers from wearing headscarves, crucifixes and other religious clothing, the European Union’s top legal adviser said yesterday. G4S, the security firm, did not breach EU anti-discrimination laws when it fired a Belgian Muslim receptionist who wanted to cover her head, it was argued. Company dress codes that ban religious clothing are legal in the EU as long as they apply to all faiths and political views equally, it was said.

 

 

Terror

Times

Tens of thousands of American tourists were warned yesterday that they are at risk of terrorist attacks across Europe this summer, leading to fears that holidays will be cancelled en masse. The US State Department issued an unusually broad travel alert that applies to the whole continent for this month, next month and August. It warns American citizens that they could be in danger at major events, tourist sites, city centres, restaurants and on public transport.

 

Referendum

Independent

Support for Brexit appears to be increasing after two polls gave the Leave campaign a narrow lead with little more than three weeks to go before the referendum. The pound fell against the dollar after the polls, one carried out online and the other by telephone, both gave Leave a 52-48 lead over Remain.

 

Guardian

Public opinion has shifted towards the UK leaving the EU, two Guardian/ICM polls suggest as the referendum campaign picks up pace – with voters split 52% -48% in favour of Brexit, whether surveyed online or by phone. Previous polls have tended to show voters surveyed online to be more in favour of Britain leaving the EU. But in the latest ICM research, carried out for the Guardian, both methodologies yielded the same result – a majority in favour of leaving.

 

 

EU

Express

A break-up of the EU would be Brussels’ fault for rushing towards a United States of Europe, a top eurocrat has admitted. In a frank acceptance of rising euroscepticism across the continent, European Council president Donald Tusk confessed Brussels officials have blindly hurtled towards forming an EU superstate against the wishes of most Europeans. The ex-Polish prime minister, who worked with David Cameron on his renegotiation of Britain’s EU relationship, also claimed now is the wrong moment to push ahead with further integration between all 28 member states. Speaking less than four weeks before the UK’s historic in/out referendum on EU membership, Mr Tusk delivered a candid speech to federalist euro politicians.

 

Breitbart

A number of left, liberal-leaning groups rode to the defence of free speech this morning after it was announced that the European Commission in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, would be heavily policing the internet for “hate speech” and criminalising those it accused of falling foul of their regulations. Speaking to Breitbart London, the Index on Censorship, the National Secular Society, the Open Rights Group, and the U.S.-based ‘Free Press’ organisation all railed against the new European Union (EU) and social media giant plans to police the web for content they deem to be offensive.

 

 

Fraud

Express

The European Union lost more than £675million of taxpayers’ money through fraud last year, a bombshell report revealed today. Most of the cash was taken through bogus claims for grants made from Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The scams were disclosed in the annual report of the European Anti-Fraud Office, an investigative body set up by the EU. Investigators looked into nearly 1,400 allegations during 2015, the report said. Only £142million of the total fraud was recovered.

 

Sky News

The European Union lost an estimated £675m to fraud last year, investigators have said. According to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), many of the false claims were concentrated in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary, some of the trading bloc’s poorest states. One of the 1,400 fraud allegations investigated involved a £1m payment to a factory which wanted to upgrade equipment to chill vegetables. When the transaction was investigated, officials found the equipment supplier and the factory owner were in fact the same person – and that the price of the machinery had been inflated.

 

 

 

 

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