“Malta is effectively deciding UK immigration policy” – member of UK parliament Foreign Affairs Committee

Published: August 17, 2016 at 11:25pm

Malta’s sale of passports is being used by British politicians as leverage to argue against the UK retaining freedom of movement when it leaves the European Union.

The Daily Express, which supports the UK’s departure from the Union and helped campaign for a referendum vote in favour of Brexit, reports that Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the Malta government’s sale-of-passports programme shows the UK must “urgently” put an end to free movement.

“Malta is effectively deciding UK immigration policy,” he said. “Clearly, there are going to be security concerns in terms of criminality, in terms of people coming in who perhaps are not desirable in our own country.”

I wonder how much all this exposure is worth in advertising terms – perhaps the government will ask Saatchi & Saatchi to work it out as they did to justify the 19 million euros they spent on hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the EU-Africa Migration Summit.