A DAILY EXPRESS petition signed by more than 150,000 readers opposed to a flood of Bulgarians and Romanians working in Britain was delivered to Downing Street yesterday.
Daily Express Editor Hugh Whittow led a delegation to the door of Number 10 to hand over sacks full of names calling on the Prime Minister to defy Brussels and keep labour market restrictions in place after December 31.
Mr Cameron will now be forced to respond.
As the delegation of MPs and peers arrived in Downing Street, Chancellor George Osborne was making his way into Number 10.
But he merely smiled when he was asked to join the ceremony and continued on his way.
Yet his fellow Conservative MPs were bold enough to add their voice.
Peter Bone said: “The Daily Express is leading for the country again—in the same way it led on the EU referendum.
“Because of this petition, something will be done.”
His backbench colleague and respected eurosceptic Douglas Carswell added: “Thank goodness for the Daily Express putting on the agenda an issue that’s on everyone’s mind outside Westminster.”
Other politicians who helped deliver the petition to Downing Street included Philip Davies, Nigel Mills, John Baron, Anne Main and Christopher Chope.
Since the Daily Express crusade was launched at the end of October, other newspapers finally realised they also needed to back our call for a tougher stance on potential immigration from Romania and Bulgaria.
Daily Express Editor Mr Whittow said: “We’ve had unlimited immigration from the EU. Back in 2004 we were told only a handful would come in, but over seven years more than a million did.
“This time, the Government is again saying it expects a modest influx, but they haven’t even made an official forecast because it’s likely it won’t be modest at all.
“We believe 50,000-a-year will come in again.
“We’ve got a million British young people unemployed and trying to get on to the first rung on the job ladder.
“We don’t think it’s right to put further pressure on housing and public services.
He added: “Yet again we have had a magnificent response from readers sending in their coupons and, indeed, backing the petition online.
“We know the readers are overwhelmingly with us on this cause.”
The Daily Express is still accepting signatures on the petition, and every one will be forwarded on to the Government.
It came as hundreds of Express readers took the time to submit personal videos explaining why they felt more EU migration would be bad for Britain.
Ariane, 21, from London said: “I do think mass migration has damaged the economy, no matter what anyone says.
“I’ve had quite a negative experience with the massive Polish influx that we’ve had over the past few years.
” I can’t get an appointment at the doctors but Polish people who can barely speak English do.”
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