An official petition to halt the free entry of Bulgarians and Romanians into Britain from January next year has already gained 130,000 signatures. Fuelled by projections that as many as 250,000 might arrive by 2019, and by ministers equivocating on whether it they have received estimates or not, there are now belated moves to review the free movement rules.
This could almost be an object lesson in how not to prepare for a new wave of migrants, and of failing to learn from the first EU expansion in 2004. It all presupposes that there will be a wave of immigration, and that if there is that it will put pressure on housing and other public services. Is this actually likely to happen?