Now EU wants asylum control

Madness as Brussels plots to tell us who can come and stay.

BRUSSELS chiefs last night unveiled plans to end Britain’s control over asylum seekers.

 People crossing Slovenian border

GETTY   Brussels want to centralise the asylum policy of member states

They want a centralised EU asylum force with power to meddle in the immigration policies of member states.It is the European Commission’s response to a crippling migration crisis and would give responsibility for overseeing asylum claims to a quango, the European Asylum Support Office.

It could impose quotas of asylum seekers on countries – another huge extension of EU supremacy over national laws. Ukip leader Nigel Farage warned Britain would be left with no control over who can and cannot stay.
David Cameron vowed that Britain will opt out of the proposal. The Prime Minister insisted there was “no prospect” of the UK Government agreeing to take part. 
But critics warned that the move will still have wide-ranging implications for Britain’s border control, including a potential block on the Home Office deporting asylum seekers to other EU nations.Mr Farage said the only way to maintain border control was to get out of the EU.“Britain must not become part of a common asylum system,” he said.“That would be to abandon our borders and any chance of maintaining the slightest control over who can and who cannot arrive here.

Asylum seekers

GETTY   The Prime Minister vowed that Britain would opt out of any EU-wide asylum policy

“Cameron swears he will not accept it. But the European Union wants to rip up the rules that mean people stay in the first safe country they land in.If that happens there is nothing he can do. “The only strong, safe option for the UK when it comes to our asylum process is to leave the EU.”Tory MP David Davies said: “Putting the EU in charge of asylum regulation is like giving a child the key to the whisky cabinet. We might have an opt-out but their courts and parliaments would try to overrule it.”Mr Davies warned the change could open up the country to another vast influx of migrants. Alanna Thomas, senior researcher at the Migration Watch think-tank, said: “The proposal is for all applications for asylum to be processed by a central EU body.

It is a significant shift from current policy, where individual states assess and grant protection to applicants in need.“It would require treaty change and would represent a significant expansion of the role of the EU. Britain does, however, have an opt-out.”The plans were announced at an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. They had been kept secret for months to avoid inflaming opinion in the UK ahead of the EU membership referendum on June 23.Officials unveiled the scheme yesterday following pressure for a response to the EU’s migration crisis on its borders. At present, the Malta-based European Asylum Support Office provides advice for national governments.

UK border

GETTY    Critics have wanred that the proposal could have a huge impact on UK border controls

But under the plan it would become a federal agency, processing asylum claims across the EU. There were 1.3 million applications for asylum status in the EU last year. Mr Cameron said the UK’s opt-out from the Schengen agreement meant there was no question of Britain joining a new EU asylum system.He insisted: “We have an absolutely rock-solid opt-out from these things. There is no prospect of Britain joining a common asylum process.“We will have our own asylum approach, our own way of doing things, keeping our borders. It underlines the special status we have.”

Nigel Farage

GETTY   Ukip leader Nigel Farage strongly condemned the idea of a common asylum system

European Commission officials presented two alternative models for overhauling the asylum system. The most radical option is to share out asylum seekers on a quota basis, regardless of where they arrive.The other would keep the current system but use quotas if a state was overwhelmed by a sudden influx. The move comes amid a separate attempt to overhaul the so-called Dublin regulations that govern asylum claims in the EU.

Southern European nations argue the rules are unfair because their territory is most accessible to migrants. The UK could lose its ability to deport asylum seekers to other EU nations if the system is changed.


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