UK MPs to Count Romanian Arrivals at Airport on New Year's DayBulgaria in EU | December 20, 2013, Friday // 15:57| views
Meanwhile, the negative campaign against Bulgarians and Romanians is persisting in the UK over fears of an influx after all labor market restrictions are lifted at the beginning of 2014. File photo
Fears of an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants into the United Kingdom as of the beginning of the new year have prompted Labour MPs to count arrivals at Luton Airport.
Labour MP Keith Vaz has said he will be at Luton Airport early on New Year's Day to check how many Romanians arrive in the UK to get work.
Vaz said he and Conservative MP Mark Reckless will be at the airport in time for the 7.40am flight from Bucharest.
He was speaking in a debate on the so-called rebel amendment to the UK Immigration Bill, which would ban Romanian and Bulgarian migrants until 2019.
''Why is it that we still don't have estimates of how many people are going to come here next year?" Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee, asked, as cited by BBC.
"If the only way to do it is to do it with our own eyes... then I am afraid we are going to have to do this," Vaz responded.
The debate has been prompted by a group of backbench Conservative MPs who want the restrictions to be extended.