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Denmark in huge snub to EU: PM says he will IGNORE Brussels order to relax border controls

DENMARK has vowed to ignore a controversial order by EU bureaucrats to lift its strict border controls.

The Scandinavian country introduced the hardline measures in a desperate bid to stem the flow of migrants into Europe.Germany, Austria and Norway, which are also part of the passport-free Schengen zone, also followed suit.

The European Commission has told the four nations to relax the controls, which were imposed in 2015, within six months.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen said the amount of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe “is still far too high”.He added: “We will continue border controls unless the EU miraculously finds ways to regain control of its outer frontiers.”

DenmarkGETTY                Denmark will ignore the EU’s orders to lift strict border controls


Lars Lokke RasmussenGETTY                  Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s comments are likely to anger Brussels


His comments are likely to infuriate the EU, which insists the number of arrivals has fallen dramatically since 2015.Brussels struck a landmark deal with Turkey last March to send back those arriving on the continent illegally.

But thousands of migrants are still reaching Europe from Libya via sea routes to Italy, according to recent figures.

Syrian refugees arrive on dinghy in GreeceGETTY FILE PICTURE                     The EU insists the number of migrants arriving in Europe has fallen


Earlier this month, Danish immigration minister Inger Stojberg signalled his desire to keep the measures in place.He told local media: “When the time comes, then we’ll look at it. I will obviously listen to the Commission.

“We cannot lift border controls if it’s still necessary to have a border control.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/805375/European-Union-Denmark-Lars-Lokke-Rasmussen-migrant-crisis-immigration-Brussels
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