Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Free Movement Proving Security Risk, Says MEP

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Free Movement Proving Security Risk, Says MEP

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Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter

THE free movement of people across Europe is a "security risk", a North East UKIP politician has claimed in the wake of the Paris attacks.

European MP Jonathan Arnott says border controls must be put in place to give security services a fighting chance of catching extremists hoping to target UK cities.

He says the refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people travel to Europe to seek asylum as they flee Islamic State-controlled territory in places like Syria, provides terrorists with an opportunity to infiltrate the continent with the help of criminal gangs.

He claims EU policy must change to protect the UK from a terror attack like the Paris atrocity.

Mr Arnott said: "The European Union is showing just how out of touch it really is. The Commission president is already saying that there is no need for change policy.

"We warned in April that the new EU approach to migration would lead to unprecedented waves of migration across Europe, and we were proven right.

"When terrorists can move from country to country without having to show a passport, it impacts on the ability of security services to have a realistic chance to prevent attacks.

"Thousands of people are dying - many of them not even from Syria - paying smugglers and making dangerous journeys across Europe. It's pretty obvious such networks are susceptible to being used for terrorism.

"Shouldn't we rather be thinking about the elderly, the poor, the women and the children who are in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon? That way we'd be helping the right people, without the security risk."

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Labour's Jeremy Corbyn are among those who have repeatedly called on the Prime Minister to accept more refugees in the wake of the humanitarian crisis.

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker cautioned against knee-jerk reactions, saying: "We should not mix the different categories of people coming to Europe. The one responsible for the attacks in Paris he is a criminal and not a refugee and not an asylum seeker.

"I would invite those in Europe who try to change the migration agenda we have adopted - I would like to remind them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions that I do not like. …

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