David Cameron is currently trying to change a fundamental rule of the European Union: the guaranteed freedom of movement (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/20/jose-manuel-barroso-david-cameron-eu-ukip). Within the EU, every citizen is allowed to live and work wherever they want. If a young lad from Bristol wants to spend a year in Berlin, there is no bureaucracy to stop him. A woman from Edinburgh wants to go and live in Budapest? No problem whatsoever. Part of this deal is that EU citizens have access to all countries universities and, if they happen to be in need, also to (often a restricted version of) the host countries welfare system. This is true for the British citizen in Paris just as much as for the Czech citizen in Leeds.
This system does not only benefit those adventurous people wanting to live abroad or students that want to go to university outside of the UK. Freedom of movement also greatly benefits British workers, who can freely take up jobs within the EU, and the British economy. If a company in Birmingham needs a highly specialized worker and cannot find one in the UK, they can go and search for on within the EU. This helps reduce the company’s risk of losing vital contracts because of staff shortage.
The current British government, scared out of its depths by the media frenzy about waves of immigrants and the challenge by UKIP (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/20/immigration-david-cameron-ukip-paranoia-barroso), tries to cancel this great freedom. If the company from Birmingham happens to only find their staff in a Central and Eastern European country and the yearly immigration cap is reached – tough luck! Wait until next year!
Under the pretense to ‘protect’ our welfare system, Cameron is harming our economy! Freedom of movement is one of the core principles of the economic union that is at the basis of the EU. Undermining this principle will cause harm I can barely start to imagine.