Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Bureaucracy Is Only Backfiring' as Britain's Row with Brussels over Migrant Quotas Intensifies, Berwick's Conservative MP ANNE-MARIE TREVELYAN Explains Why She Feels We Should Leave the European Union for Everyone's Sake

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Bureaucracy Is Only Backfiring' as Britain's Row with Brussels over Migrant Quotas Intensifies, Berwick's Conservative MP ANNE-MARIE TREVELYAN Explains Why She Feels We Should Leave the European Union for Everyone's Sake

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OVER the past year we have all been shocked to see the mass of migrants entering Greece and other European nations, many placing their lives in the hands of people traffickers to make the perilous journey to European shores, or walking for weeks on end to reach Europe's land borders.

Many are desperately fleeing persecution from Syria and other con-flict zones; some are from North Africa, seeking a better life. The sheer numbers are placing a huge strain on the mainland countries in which they arrive, and Europe is reaching crisis point.

Presently, the Dublin Convention operates across EU nation states. It stipulates that asylum seekers - those fleeing their country of origin in genuine fear for their lives - should seek refuge in the first EU country they arrive in.

It means if asylum seekers go on to make a second claim in another EU country, they can be sent back to the original member state. However logical the system is, it has its flaws. The vast number of those living in the Calais 'Jungle' destroy their travel documents.

Should they make it to the UK, it is hard for our border forces to know where to remove them to.

The Convention was simply not designed to accommodate the huge numbers of migrants arriving in Europe every day as we see now. In response to the crisis, EU bureaucrats have introduced a new quota system forcing countries to accept a certain number of asylum seekers.

The UK upset the bureaucrats by choosing not to sign up to this new quota system.

Does this mean we now have control over our own borders? Well, not quite. We are now being threatened by the EU for our defiance, and for our reluctance to help them achieve what the European Commission calls "a fairer distribution of asylum seekers in Europe". This means the UK would be unable to remove asylum seekers back to the first EU country they arrived in. Control would lie with Brussels.

To me this situation is symptomatic of the future of the European Union. Ever closer union, the central aim of the EU, is about control and uniformity.

It is about chipping away at each Turn to Page 40 From Page 39 member state's ability to choose their own policies, to decide what's right for their own country - and not trusting nations to make the right decisions for themselves. …

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