Charles Walker calls for extension of Romanian and Bulgarian transitional controls

As we approach the end of the seven-year transitional period following Romanian and Bulgarian accession to the EU, Charles Walker calls on the Home Secretary to extend the controls until 2019.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I thank the Home Secretary for her statement, but I ask her to find her inner lion or tiger and extend transitional controls until 2019. She should take the hit and not pay the EU fine.

Mrs May: My hon. Friend raises the same point as my hon. Friend the Member for Aldershot (Sir Gerald Howarth) raised, and I suspect that other hon. Friends would like to raise the same point. I think it right for this Government to look at everything we can do to ensure that we can maintain the control of migration to which we have been committed to introducing in the UK. The current legal position is clear, and I have set it out, but it is right to look at every possibility to ensure that we deal with the situation. I have set out in my response to the urgent question the moves that we are making.

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