Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Britain can, and should, take more refugees

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David Cameron's belated response to the refugee crisis hitting Europe by saying we will take 4,000 refugees a year is appalling.

His attempt to spend the problem away is even worse.

In a visit to Jordan he has claimed that Britain's aid spending will stop people from using boats to get to Europe. This is not only a dubious claim but also does nothing to address the 350,000 refugees already detected entering the EU in the first half of this year. Or the countless more still to come.

Interior Ministers across Europe met on Monday to discuss the relocation of 160,000 refugees, with Germany and France expected to take 31,000 and 24,000 of those respectively. Meanwhile we will only take 4,000 - none of which are from this quota.

Cameron's fear of UKIP in both the referendum and upcoming elections has left him without a real gauge on public opinion. Instead he is paralysed by the fear that more right wing elements of his party may take a strong objection to any further migration and could erode his support base among Eurosceptics.

We have seen in countless rallies across the UK, including in the South East, that the British people are ready to welcome those escaping war, hunger and misery. It is time for Cameron to do his part.

Sources:

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5646_en.htm

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5596_en.htm

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