Thursday, 2 December 2010

02-Dec-2010 - The Express - Darren Stevens & Paul Wesson of The EU Referendum Campaign

02-Dec-2010 - The Express - Darren Stevens & Paul Wesson of The EU Referendum Campaign


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 Protesters, Darren Strevens, left, and Paul Wessen, of the EU Referendum Campaign
EUROPEAN Union bureaucrats are threatening to snatch unprecedented control over Britain’s immigration and criminal justice systems, a report said last night.
In a paper to mark the first anniversary of the controversial EU Lisbon Treaty, experts warned that “democratic control” over policing, law courts and other home affairs was in danger of being further undermined by Brussels.
It could mean Britain being forced to accept thousands more asylum seekers and sweeping new powers for foreign police officers to snoop on UK citizens.
The paper accuses ministers of failing to stand up to EU attempts to interfere with border controls and law and order. And the report also said that Tory pledges to limit the power of the European Court of Justice have been abandoned by the coalition.
Britain could be forced to accept thousands more asylum seekers
The damning conclusions came from the Eurosceptic think-tank Open Europe.
Proposals being discussed in Brussels include moves by the European Commission to set up a “Common European Asylum System” that could lead to Britain being forced to accept a new quota of asylum seekers.
And the Commission is to publish a report on “enhanced EU solidarity in asylum”, calling for changes in the way the burden of accepting asylum seekers is spread across Europe.
Another initiative being discussed in Brussels is a European Criminal Records Information System planned from 2012 that will link up national police databases. The Government is in talks with the EU about giving European police forces powers to put UK citizens under surveillance with access to DNA records.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, Britain has the right to “opt out” of many EU justice and immigration decisions. But the Open Europe report warned that ministers were able to sign up to EU justice measures without any vote by MPs.
Stephen Booth, a policy analyst at Open Europe, said: “The EU’s growing ambitions in justice and home affairs deserve Parliament’s undivided attention.”
Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley and a leading member of the Better Off Out group in Parliament, said: “Any attempt to tackle immigration and asylum or maintain the independence of our justice system is spitting in the wind while Britain remains a member of the EU.”

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