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European Union has a ‘design flaw’ says expert

The eye-opening statistic is included in a new report published by pro-Brexit think tank Facts4EU, with spokesman David Evans suggesting the bloc’s Freedom of Movement rules are largely to blame. Facts’ analysis used figures from Eurostat, the bloc’s own statistics division, since the start of this century to compare employment trends throughout the bloc with those in the UK.

This reveals unemployment in the UK has been consistently lower than in the EU27, by an average of 65.4 percent.

In 2004, unemployment was 111 percent higher in the EU, while in 2016 – the year of the Brexit referendum – it was 90 percent higher.

In the second quarter of 2021, EU27 unemployment was 7.2 percent, and 7.9 percent in the Eurozone, the monetary union consisting of the 19 countries which use the euro as their single currency.

Boris Johnson’s UK consistently has lower unemployment than the EU27 average (Image: GETTY/Facts4EU)

Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)

In the UK the figure was 4.7 percent, meaning unemployment in the EU27 is currently 53 percent higher, and in the Eurozone, 68 percent higher.

Facts4EU’s report also lists the EU27 countries which had the highest rates of unemployment in 2020, with Greece at the top with 16.3 percent.

Spain was on 13.5 percent, Italy on 9.2 percent and France was on eight percent.

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Emmanuel Macron's France

Emmanuel Macron’s France had an unemployment rate of eight percent last year (Image: GETTY)

Britain by contrast was on 5.2 percent.

Mr Evans said: “The UK’s extraordinary record of consistently lower unemployment compared to the EU was achieved despite the UK receiving a large number of EU migrants during this period and providing jobs for millions of them.

“The latest UK Home Office figures show that over 5.5 million (5,548,440) EU citizens have applied for permanent settlement in the UK since last year when the scheme became operational.”

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EU-wide average unemployment has been as much as 111 percent higher than in BritainBritain (Image: Facts4EU)

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Unemployment in countries including Greece and France was higher than in the UK last year (Image: Facts4EU)

Otherwise, the EU’s unemployment rate in recent years would have been even higher than it already was and is, Mr Evans pointed out.

He added: “This figure of 5.5 million does not of course include the millions of EU citizens who came to the UK for jobs from 2000-2019, worked for some time, and who left before the Settlement Scheme started in 2020.

“In other words, the UK has effectively been mopping up part of the EU’s unemployment for decades.”

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Five key moments which led to Brexit (Image: Express)

Mr Evans said: “The EU hasn’t solved unemployment in the last 20 years and is still way behind the UK.

“In some countries the problem continues to be severe.

“In particular, Greece, Spain, and the EU’s third-largest economy Italy all continue to suffer. President Macron’s France also has much higher unemployment than the UK.”

Mr Evans said it was therefore unsurprising that millions of EU workers had chosen to work in Britain over the course of the last two decades.

Greece Kyriacos Mitsotakis

Unemployment in Greece, led by PM Kyriacos Mitsotakis, was 16.3 percent last year (Image: GETTY)

However, he explained: “The issue of the EU’s infamous ‘Freedom of Movement’ edict was an important reason amongst the many reasons why the majority of British people voted to leave the EU back in 2016.

“To this day there are Remain campaigners both inside and outside of Parliament who wish to continue Free Movement in some form.”

He said: “To those EU citizens who already decided to make their homes in the United Kingdom, readers naturally wish to make them feel welcome. They arrived perfectly legally.

“That said, this should not prevent any discussion of the effects of such a dramatic population shift from the EU to the UK.”

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