Less than a week with a Conservative majority government who are supposedly offering an EU referendum and Brussels is already lining Cameron up to be shot down.
It seems that some illegal immigrants are drowning themselves out in the Med, so naturally the Fourth Reich wants to do something about it. What could this be, I ask? Should we let the buggers drown? Should we turn the boats back? Should we blockade the North African coast?
Of course not…
The European Commission, under new President Jean-Claude Juncker, will today unveil a migration strategy for the EU. Included are two proposals strongly opposed by the UK, which says the migration crisis must be tackled by other means:
- To introduce legal and safe migration paths to Europe so that people do not turn to traffickers, risking their lives in the process. The Commission suggests this would apply to individuals meeting certain criteria, such as those qualifying as refugees or having a particular skill set attractive to the labour market in Europe
- To introduce refugee quotas for all EU countries, sharing the number of asylum seekers more equally across the EU. The distribution system would be based on a number of criteria including unemployment figures and national GDP levels