One of my constituents who I have known for many years has been in touch via email from Bulgaria, where he retired to a few years ago. With his permission I am reproducing here what he said to me.
“I am living in Bulgaria at the moment and lots of my Bulgarian friends have moved to the UK, some permanently, but others part-time as they still get benefits, pay no tax, free health care and are much better off than others here even though they have six or more months holiday here every year ?
“I am sure this is not just Bulgarians.
“I do not blame these people, but surely it should not be allowed, but as far as I can work out this is a principle of the EU. The UK is not big enough for everybody and should look after its own poor first, especially our pensioners who have paid into our system all their lives, before people in every other country.
“It means that a UK tax payer is not only supporting these families, but not all the money is not even being spent in the UK. So it is not helping our economy grow.
“The EU wants more poor countries to join. How can this help the members? These countries, including Bulgaria are riddled with corruption, so a huge part of any EU grants goes missing. How can the EU even try to deal with this when they can’t get their own books audited?
“I am sorry, but this whole system is fundamentally flawed.”
I could not have put it better myself.