We were one of the few EU countries they could work in

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With reference to unrestricted immigration from the extended EU (David Turp letter, Spalding Guardian, September 20).

The situation as I understand it is that within the first year of joining, the Eastern European EU member states that joined in 2004 (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary) had unrestricted rights to live and work ONLY in Sweden, the UK and Ireland.

The remaining old EU countries kept most or all restrictions in place that prevented new EU member state workers from easily working there.

Under the terms of the EU treaty, all restrictions must be lifted for a new member state no more than seven years after it joins the EU.

So it’s understandable why citizens from the new member states of the 2004 enlargement came to work in the UK, Sweden and Eire. It’s because they were the only EU countries that they could immediately work in.

You have to ask yourself whether the waiving of the up to seven year restriction that could have been imposed on new members’ working rights in the UK was a poltical decision taken by government for reasons best known to itself or could it have been the result of pressure from employer organisations?

Les Swinburne

Glebe Gardens