Czech Foreign Minister justifies Brexit and calls for a curb on freedom of movement

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (L) and Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek (R) shake hands during a press conference after their meeting, in Cernin Palace, Prague, Czech Republic 11 November 2016.

Czech Foreign Minister justifies Brexit and calls for a curb on freedom of movement


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The Czech Foreign Minister, Lubomir Zaoralek, said on Monday that the most tragic thing about Brexit is “the fact that we have not learned from it so far,” calling for a curb on freedom of movement.

Learning from Brexit

Speaking to Hospodarske Noviny daily, the Czech Foreign Minister justified Brexit suggesting that “two million people coming from the east” took the jobs and social support of the British people.

Zaoralek said that freedom of movement might cause the union to break up while also criticizing the European Commission’s mandatory relocation programme for refugees.

One government, two views

The Foreign Minister’s statements come after the Czech state secretary for European affairs, Tomas Prouza, accused Theresa May of lying about the impact of EU migrants in the U.K.

Referring to a number of studies by British institutions, Prouza noted that “EU citizens contribute more to Britain’s economy than they take out; even so, this alternative fact, or let’s call it what it is – a lie – once again re-surfaced in Theresa May’s speech.”

Prouza was referring to the claim by Prime Minister Theresa May’s landmark speech in January on leaving the EU, the Single Market, and the Custom’s Union, when she said that the sheer volume of EU migration “has put pressure on public services, like schools, stretched our infrastructure, especially housing, and put a downward pressure on wages for working class people.”

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