The Queen Hath Spoken: control immigration from Croatia, don’t come asking UK for money to help save struggling EU nations

Wednesday 9 May, Queen Elizabeth II gave her speech in the UK parliament, setting out the government’s legislative plans for the next year.

The Queen hath spoken, but she didn’t give much detail away as the announced Bills are still in draft stages and haven’t been published yet.

While there’s a long list of Bills referred to in the Queen’s speech (particularly in the area of tackling Britain’s ailing  economy) the ones that draw my attention here are the “European Union  (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill” and the “Croatia Accession Bill”.

The first Bill seeks to end the UK euro bailout exposure. The Bill basically seeks to approve the creation of the European Stability Mechanism, a permanent means to support Eurozone countries in trouble, but exempts the UK from a new European bailout agreement between Eurozone countries.

The Croatia Accession Bill is about Parliamentary approval for Croatia to join the EU and allows for immigration to the UK from the new member to be controlled.

The Croatia Accession Bill seems set to crush much of the enthusiasm of young Croatians who voted “Yes” in December 2011 at Croatian accession to EU referendum, convinced that doors of the whole of European Union will be opened for them to seek and obtain employment, residency etc. with ease. Not that there would be a stampede of young intellectuals and professionals, or workers in general, out of Croatia after July 2013, when Croatia is expected to become a full EU member, but at least the relative freedom of movement for livelihood purposes was/is expected.

While it’s not yet clear what the “control of immigration” into UK from Croatia really means, as the full text of the Bill is not yet published, there’s an annoying feeling tingling in the air that “euroenthusiasts” in Croatia are in for a rude shock. They can thank the new Kukuriku (Cock-a-doodle-doo) coalition government for enticing them into the “Yes to EU” vote – for, employment opportunities in EU was one of the positive points the foreign minister Vesna Pusic had printed on the government’s referendum campaign brochures.

It has been clear for many years that the UK would like to reap the benefits from EU membership (e.g. ease of trade, ease of investments in EU countries, increasing its wealth though buying-up assets in EU countries, having a say in EU legislative process …), but not share too many responsibilities if things go wrong. Much hasn’t changed in the way the UK does business abroad since the days of its imperialistic and colonizing days of “glory”, it seems.

The Queen’s announcement of legislation to confirm Croatia’s accession the EU did not include the bill to commit the UK to give 0.7% of national income in overseas aid. It has been said that the UK government expects to meet this foreign aid target by next year, but has opted not to mandate itself to do it every year in law.

So it looks like UK is leading the way in the “every man for himself” battleground when times get tough. This may not be a bad approach to national survival, in fact it’s welcome in many respects but the problem is that it’s always the UK loud bells that ring – alarmingly and condemnably – when some other country’s leaders are pursuing nationalistic approaches to protecting their nation.

Croatia should learn from this and start seriously limiting the acquisition of Croatia’s assets by foreign countries, even by those that are members of the EU. All those in Croatia who had in the past twenty years been inclined to follow the hypocrisy in foreign powerful bells that labelled Franjo Tudjman a nationalist should now take pause and rethink their position for – Croatia First! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps.(Syd)


  1. God save the Queen and ….

    You know how it goes on.
    Croatia First!

  2. Josh Bana-Nolan says:

  3. “Srest ćeš ljude koji se daju raskomadati zbog slobode, podnose mučenja, čak prihvataju i smrt. I ja se nadam da ćeš i ti biti jedan od tih ljudi. Ali, u iskom trenutku kad te budu razdirali za slobodu, otkrit ćeš da ona ne postoji, da je u najgorem slučaju postojala samo ukoliko si je tražilo: kao san, kao ideja rođenja u sjećanju na tvoj život prije rođenja, kad si bilo slobodno jer si bilo samo.” – Oriana Fallaci (dio teksta iz knjige Pismo nerođenom djetetu ).

    • Translation of comment by Croatian Center of Renewable Energy Sources: “ You will meet people who will let themselves be cut into pieces for freedom, endure torture, even accept death. And I hope that you too will be one of those people. But, at the same moment when they’re cutting you into pieces for freedom, you will find that it does not exist, that in the worst case it existed only if you searched for it: like a dream, like an idea of birth in memory of your life before birth, when you were free because you were alone.” Oriana Fallaci (part of text from her book “Letter to a child never born”)

  4. Michael Silovic says:

    Thats what I been saying say for a long time about our assets and I agree with your statement on not letting acquisition of our assets.

    • Was thinking of you Michael when I wrote the post and your slogan “Croatia First” – top stuff. Let’s hope it catches on in the corridors of power. Croatia was established as independent nation with the first slogan HDZ had “Sve za Hrvatsku, Hrvatsku ni za što”, meaning Croatia First, and then the slogan got changed some few years later, sadly. But, there’s time still to get back to those roots.

  5. Poštovana Ina, pratim Vaš blog i mislim da je odličan i veoma informativan.

    Nego, zamolila bih Vas da objavite jedan članak iz hrvatskog političkog magazina Objektiv, a koji govori o Vesni Pusić i njenom sramotnom postupku prema ženama žrtvama silovanja u Domovinskom ratu – naime, pozvala ih je da se u znak solidarnosti, stave na čelo gay povorke u Splitu !!

    Ipak, Pusić, (samo)reklamirana kao borac za ljudska prava, za građansku i uljuđenu Hrvatsku, nije našla vremena da primi predstavnice tih žena, još od siječnja ove godine a niti se nikad nije angažirala s toliko srčanosti za njihova prava kao za prava gay populacije.

    Držim da je o tom skandaloznom postupku ministrice vanjskih poslova RH potrebno informirati i hrvatske čitatelje u Australiji i šire.

    p.s. ako se slažete s tim prijedlogom, molim Vas da mi pošaljete svoj email.

    S poštovanjem,

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