Friday, March 4, 2016
National Security; it is time to leave the EU, French president Francois Hollande says Britain will face Brexit 'consequences' as his economic minister Emmanuel Macron threatens to relocate migrants from the Calais 'Jungle' camp to Dover, as the migrant crisis worsens Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner in charge of humanitarian aid wants to give migrants cash against internal advice
If you want a reason to vote to leave the European Union then look no further than French president Francois Hollande.
Hollande has decided that since logic, reason and a compelling can’t be made, it is time to use outright threats on the British people. He says that Britain would face 'consequences' over immigration if quits the EU.
The Calais migrant camp is a flashpoint, it’s an eyesore and it is filled with people who make Calais a living hell for the residents. The ‘jungle’ as it is referred to should never have been allowed to be setup, what should have been set up is detention camps; something which I have blogged on before and which Donald Tusk of the EU also says is needed.
We are where we are because of lack of political will to do what is necessary.
One of Hollande’s ministers has openly said a treaty stopping migrants reaching Calais would be torn up after a Brexit vote.
Is this possible?
Well flying pigs are possible, the flight is not the problem but rather the landing and takeoff arrangements.
The threat by the French is a hollow threat but it does show that ‘Entente Cordiale’ appears to be laced with threats, not the actions of a supposed ally.
If the French send migrants through the channel tunnel, they should be sent back without being allowed to file an asylum claim. If the French continue then other measures should be brought forward to show our resolve on this matter.
The Calais camp exists due to the stupidity of the political class, and the type of people in it aren’t nice and should not be allowed to walk about freely, not in Britain and not anywhere else in the European Union.
The outburst by the French has led Prime Minister David Cameron to deny there is a 'David Icke-style giant conspiracy' to keep Britain in the EU, why mention David Icke is it because this gaffe is so near the truth at the heart of Europe?
'I don't want to scare you, I just want to tell the truth. There would be consequences in many areas of the single market, of economic development. There will be consequences especially affecting the way we handle the situation in terms of immigration. There is no situation where there is no consequences.'
And Hollande should also remember that ‘consequences’ work both ways, when someone attempts to bully you, you stand up to the bully, you may their bullying so painful they think twice before doing it again, and if they come back you meet them head on.
'Of course you can say this is all some giant conspiracy, some sort of David Icke-style ... It’s just nonsense. The best thing to do is to listen to the arguments, to listen to what people are saying, and to understand some of the risks and some of the uncertainties about leaving the European Union.'
I think the sensible thing to do is to leave the European Union, we need control of our borders, we can’t get European co-operation and agreement, and we cannot be micromanaged from Paris by Hollande or by Merkel in Berlin.
Another scare story by the French economic minister Macron was that the lucrative financial services industry would flee London if it was no longer able to operate freely in the EU's single market.
This is nonsense, London is a global trading centre; it was prior to joining the EU, in the EU and will continue post Brexit. Macron also chipped in and warned that British firms would lose full access to the single market. If he thinks restrictions are a one way street he is sadly mistaken. He added the EU would be in no rush to negotiate a favourable trade deal with London.
Britain will continue to trade with the World, in case it slipped your notice, Britain has been building up its presence across the globe by way of our bases aboard.
At present there is something called The Le Touqet deal signed in 2003, allowing British border guards to be stationed in Calais to prevent migrants with no right to come to the UK crossing the Channel illegally, you can see them on various TV shows searching the trucks to detect migrants. The arrangement has detected many migrants, but people from the UK wouldn’t have to be there if the French would secure their ports properly. To the migrants, it is treated as a game, but it isn’t, it is a matter of national security.
Not just of Britain but also of France.
In a disastrous and stupid move Migrants in Greece are set to be handed envelopes of cash under a £550million EU disaster fund announced yesterday. This action will create more problems, allowing migrants to disappear into various EU countries, giving them money allows them social mobility, and that should be restricted.
The fool who supports this is Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner in charge of humanitarian aid. He said he believed migrants should also have the option of buying things themselves rather than being forced to queue up for aid drop-offs.
Wrong, wrong wrong, it beggar’s belief the extent of the stupidity exhibited by some people on the migrant crisis.
Internal European Commission documents warn about 'corruption and security risks' when providing humanitarian assistance in cash.
Tory MEP David Campbell-Bannerman said:
'There is a danger that by handing over cash rather than basic essentials, British taxpayers' money could end up in the hands of the human traffickers smuggling people through Europe. This is no way to ensure our security in Britain.'
So, there you have it a snapshot of the European political elite, they are stupid or malicious, they are endangering people and they cannot be trusted, add to it they are prepared to use threats and disregard internal advice that their actions are wrong.
It is time that David Cameron switched sides, and came out for the best possible option for Britain, that is to vote with regret to leave the European Union.
Because that is exactly want I am prepared to do at the referendum.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University