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.’