EUROPEAN Union bosses will force Britain to take in tens of thousands of migrants rescued from the Mediterranean under plans “seen as a declaration of war”, it has emerged.
In David Cameron’s first major challenge as newly-elected Prime Minister, top Brussels official Jean-Claude Juncker has said Britain needs to take as many as 65,000 refugees – more than twice as many as the UK took last year.
One senior official has been reported as saying the plans are “practically seen as a declaration of war”, with the Home Office confirming the Government will reject the proposals.
Because Britain has a strong economy and low unemployment while currently taking fewer refugees than Germany, Italy or France, the EU wants the UK to take a larger number of migrants than most other countries in Europe.
The proposals, according by The Times, state: “To ensure a fair and balanced participation of all member states to this common effort… the EU needs a permanent system for sharing the responsibility for large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers among member states.”
The scheme has the support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which could cause problems for Mr Cameron as he attempts to win agreement from Germany on proposals for EU reform prior to his promised in/out vote on Britain’s membership of the 28-nation bloc.
Although Britain will oppose the scheme, it will not be the only EU member state to do so, with Ireland, Hungary and Slovakia also in opposition.
Full article: EU to FORCE Britain to take thousands more Med migrants as PM faces ‘declaration of war’ (Express)