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Open door immigration is a disaster

Open door immigration is a disaster

EU president cannot admit it when he has got it wrong

The EU Commission President’s comment that borders should remain open despite an unprecedented refugee crises show he just cannot admit when the EU has got it wrong, says local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU Commission hailed the Schengen Agreement – which guarantees open borders between signatories – as a ‘great achievement’.

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Despite a huge increase in desperate refugees from war-torn Africa and the Middle East travelling through Europe Mr Juncker hit out at nations seeking firmer border controls.

He said: “What worries me is to hear politicians from Left to Right nourishing a populism that brings only anger and not solutions.

“Hate speech and rash statements that threaten one of our very greatest achievements – the Schengen area and the absence of internal borders: that is not Europe.”

Responding to the comments, Deputy Leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall said: “This guy just cannot admit what an increasing number of countries are now seeing, that open door immigration is a disaster, and cannot continue.

“It is not hate speech to say that your country cannot afford to look after everyone who wants to come here.

“It is not populism to be concerned that your health service or education system is buckling under the weight of uncontrolled immigration and firmer controls need to be considered.

“Juncker’s comments shows that for him the EU is not about practicality and improvement for the lives of its citizens, it is an irrational ideology for him, that he will pursue regardless of the chaos it might cause.

“Almost 50,000 migrants arrived in Greece in July alone, all headed for countries like Britain, that have generous benefits.

“For Juncker to ignore the problem and tell everyone to carry on regardless is the most blatant sign he has no regard for what’s best for the citizens of the EU I have seen for a long time.”

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