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Brussels plan that could stop Britain sending asylum seekers to Europe: Rules could be torn up meaning the EU would decide on each claim

  • European Commission is examining proposals to tear up asylum rules that allow Britain to deport about 1,000 failed claimants a year 
  • No 10 said ‘lobbying’ by British officials stopped the system being ditched
  • But the commission’s report said the existing rules were not sustainable

Britain could be blocked from deporting thousands of asylum seekers to Europe under EU plans.

The European Commission is examining proposals to tear up asylum rules that allow Britain to deport about 1,000 failed claimants a year.

No 10 had earlier claimed ‘intense lobbying’ by British officials had stopped the current system being ditched.

The European Commission is examining proposals to tear up asylum rules that allow Britain to deport about 1,000 failed claimants a year

But the commission’s report instead said that the existing rules were not sustainable.

It suggested bringing in a ‘centralised system’ in which the EU would decide on individual claims, taking power away from member states.

The commission said the migrant crisis had exposed the ‘weaknesses’ of the existing system, where different national approaches had fuelled so-called ‘asylum shopping’.

One proposal is to scrap the Dublin Regulation through which asylum seekers must stay in the first EU country they arrive in, instead distributing them across member states.

It is a bitter blow to Downing Street, which had claimed UK officials helped persuade the commission not to tear up the scheme.

No 10 had said its action was evidence that ‘when you stand up for Britain in Brussels, we can get what we need’.

Although the UK could opt out of a federal system, it would lose the powers of removal under the Dublin Regulation.

More than 12,000 people have been removed from Britain to other EU countries under these rules since 2003 – a figure the Home Office has boasted is ‘many more than we have received in return’.

Employment minister Priti Patel, a prominent Tory Eurosceptic, said: ‘This report makes for alarming reading – and shows the EU is institutionally incapable of dealing with events such as the current migrant crisis.

‘It’s a sorry state of affairs that the only response from Brussels is to demand yet more money to bolster the EU’s failing policies.

‘It’s clearer than ever that we need to take back control of how we manage our immigration and asylum policy.’

No 10 had earlier claimed ‘intense lobbying’ by British officials had stopped the current system being ditched

Speaking about the reform plan unveiled by the commission yesterday, first vice president Frans Timmermans said the present system was ‘not working’.

He added: ‘In the longer term there are other options… a centralised EU system with EU decision on individual asylum claims.’

He said another option to be discussed was ‘Dublin plus’, which would preserve the existing rules but would include a ‘corrective fairness mechanism’ – meaning refugees could be moved between countries in times of crisis to take the pressure off frontline arrival states.

A Home Office Spokesperson said the UK should not ‘shoulder the burden of claims which should rightly be processed by other countries’.

He added: ‘We are committed to the principles enshrined in the current Dublin Regulation and welcome the option which would enable the UK to continue returning asylum claimants to the responsible first safe country without being part of a relocation mechanism.

‘However, we will need to see the Commission’s full legislative proposals before deciding how and if to opt in to any scheme, in order to protect the UK’s national interests.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3527458/Brussels-plan-stop-Britain-sending-asylum-seekers-Europe-Rules-torn-meaning-EU-decide-claim.html

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