Europe-Wide Immigration Agency Could Take Control of British Borders

Daily Mail (London), May 30, 2011

An EU immigration agency could one day be established to police our borders – putting an end to the UK Border Agency.

The proposal is that a EU Border Guard System should be adopted and its budget increased so it can buy planes, boats and other equipment needed to police Europe’s frontiers.

It would mean officers from the UK Border Agency could be deployed anywhere in Europe and the agency could set up immigration operations in Britain without the Government’s say-so.

Led by Maltese MEP Dr Simon Busuttil, the proposals suggest EU member states should contribute officers to a pool of border police guards and through a ‘solidarity clause’ take in a proportion of all the refugees arriving in the EU.

MEPs in the European Parliament’s home affairs committee approved a report into the existing border agency Frontex by 43 votes to seven.

Britain is not signed up to Frontex – based in Warsaw – which currently relies on member states for resources when carrying out operations.

Immigration has hit the headlines in recent weeks as thousands of refugees from North Africa flee uprisings in the Arab world.

According to the Daily Express, the report calls for analysis of “the need for further development of the EU Border Guard system and for the agency to employ independent guards acting under its instructions.”

Gerard Batten, Ukip MEP and immigration spokesman, told the newspaper: ‘It is obvious the EU is using the refugee crisis to further its ambition to create an operational military force.

‘There is no doubt that the EU will use this as a way of trying to force Britain to take in asylum seekers arriving elsewhere in Europe.’


Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.

4 Responses to “Europe-Wide Immigration Agency Could Take Control of British Borders” Subscribe

  1. Anonymous June 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    “the EU is using the refugee crisis to further its ambition to create an operational military force”

    This would be redundant. It is the mandate of NATO to protect the integrity of European borders.

    The invasion currently happening should be opposed by air, land and sea. The forces used should be acting directly under NATO, not seconded to Frontex or EU bureaucrats.

  2. highduke June 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    Brussels is as directly controlled by S.Arabia & the UAE as Washington. Resistance is found in some national capitals. The EU will slowly crumble this decade until what’s left of it is fully loyal to either the Arabs or Russia in the next.

  3. Anonymous June 2, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I’m not sure if EU could even be worse than the UK’s current immigration control.

  4. Wulfstan June 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I am just trying to work out how this could possibly make matters worse.For all effective purposes they already DO contol our borders.