EU Border Guard System suggested 30th May, 2011: As per startling new plans, a European ‘quango’ is expected to take the charge of British border guards, to create an EU-wide immigration agency.
Quango means a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation. It is funded by taxpayers, but not controlled directly by central government.
Proposals cleared by the European Parliament’s home affairs committee, necessitate member states to operate an EU Border Guard System.
Even though there are plans to re-organise the existing Frontex border agency and force Britain to be part of this, UK Border Agency asserted that UK was not a participant in the Frontex Regulation. UKBA authorities said that this proposal did not apply to the UK.
If MEPs proposal gets through, the new outfit will get a multi-million pound budget. It will also be able to deploy officers without consulting governments who supply them.
Critics assert plans to re-organise the existing Frontex border agency, are a gateway towards creating a continental immigration system.
The scheme is enclosed in a review of the Warsaw-based EU border agency, conducted by Maltese MEP Dr Simon Busuttil.
It says the various operations carried out by Frontex should be combined into one EU Border Guard system. It also recommends an increase in its already swollen budget, so it can buy its own planes, boats and other equipment.
The review also suggests all EU member states – including Britain – should be ordered to contribute officers to a pool of border guards.
It also contends that members sign a ‘solidarity clause’, which would compel Britain to take a share of all refugees arriving in the EU, whichever country they land in.
While Britain is not signed up to Frontex, the proposals suggest all member states should be forced to join in the new system.
The European Commission is still trying to force Britain to join Frontex.
The report calls for analysis of the need for the further development of the EU Border Guard system and for the agency to provide work for independent guards acting under its command.
Frontex does not have its own officers or equipment and depends upon borrowing them from member states when it goes on board on missions such as patrolling the Mediterranean or the Greece-Turkey border.
Under Dr Busuttil’s plans, the agency would be able to launch schemes. It means it could use UK Border Agency officers anywhere in the EU or set up operations at British frontier points.
The proposals come as the EU combats a huge number of North Africans escaping the chaos of the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
Gerard Batten, Ukip MEP and immigration spokesman, said that it was obvious the EU was using the refugee crisis to promote its objective to create an operational military force.
He added that there was no reservation, that the EU would use this as a way of trying to force Britain, to take in asylum seekers arriving elsewhere in Europe.
He asserted that even if they managed to keep away from being dragged into another costly system of European control, they would be forced to pay for it through their EU contributions.
Adding to this Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, said that EU was creating the massive quango, while they were trying to cut them at home.
He asserted that the only way for the UK to safeguard its frontiers was to retreat from the existing systems the EU had set up.
When Frontex was first set up in 2005, it had a budget of just £5.3million.That had risen to £95.5million and next year it was expected to go up to £124million.