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sam39 posted..

Serenity: you deserve an answer from me about your concerns.
1] Turkey. Turkey can only join the EU if the preconditions are met, and all EU countries agree. That includes the UK - if we are still in! The 2011 Act will require a referendum before the accession treaty is signed - so we (along with Cyprus, Greece and France and Austria etc) can use our veto. If we are not in we cannot veto! Turkey may get access for visa free travel (3 months) in Schengen, but not visa free travel to Britain.
2] NHS. The major pressure on the NHS arises from the aging population, bed blocking, and the increasing costs of medical treatment. I could go into this in great detail, but I repeat that EU migrants have little impact and may be beneficial. The solution here is to solve the social care problem.
3] Schools. There is a pressure on primary school places at present. This is mainly caused by an increase in UK birthrate, plus internal migration of UK citizens. However, the authorities have been poor at planning. Once a baby is born, it is known that a school place will be needed 5 years later. Very few new schools need to be built, simply allow class sizes to rise from 30 to 35 to provide 16% more places.
4] Housing. WE need more affordable houses - I agree with that. I do not agree that migrants are the cause of the shortage. There are more groups needing housing because of the change in family structures over the past thirty years, couple that with a lack of brown field sites, a refusal to allow any building on thhe green belt, recaltricant planners, shortage of building skills and you have most of the reason. This is the most difficult to solve, but if every migrant EU vanished overnight it would still be there.