Gordon Brown’s plans to create 500,000 new jobs for British workers may be illegal, according to a parliamentary report published today.
A study commissioned by the Conservative Party, and conducted by the impartial House of Commons library, reiterated that workers from EU member countries must “enjoy equal treatment” when applying for jobs in Britain, under EU law.
It said: “Both direct and indirect discrimination against migrant workers from the EU is prohibited.
“Indirect discrimination focuses on the effect of a measure and whether it would have a greater impact or impose a greater burden on nationals of other member states. Such measures would be unlawful, unless “objectively justified”.
The prime minister revealed his plan to enable more jobs for British workers at the TUC Congress last September, to bring the UK closer to full employment than ever before.
Meanwhile, shadow work and pensions secretary Chris Grayling told national newspapers, including the Daily Mail: “This is the first independent assessment we have had and it found that all the things that Gordon Brown is promising to do are illegal.”