A report by Europol showing how criminal gangs have made billions from people smuggling demonstrates the need for Britain to have strong borders, said UKIP leader Paul Nuttall.
“Post Brexit it is vital that we have tough border controls and that means meaningful investment in our border agency. We will remain a popular destination even after we extricate ourselves from the EU.
“These figures from Europol showing that migrant smuggling in 2015 earned crime bosses as much as £4.9 billion, making it one of the most profitable activities for organised crime in the EU, illustrate why the lack of internal borders is a disaster.
“Rob Wainwright, head of Europol, warned last month that Brexit could leave the UK more vulnerable to terrorism and organised crime. However I am quite sure that co-operation will continue with other countries and organisations after we leave, including Europol ” said Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West of England.
“Those against Brexit do not miss any opportunity to claim it’s all a terrible mistake and act as doom merchants. But as that day gets nearer my long held belief that it was the right decision gets reinforced and any costs we incur will be more than compensated by the £350 million a week we will no longer have to hand over to the EU,” he said.
I see bitter George Osborne is still trying to paint the future black after we leave the EU when in fact it is the best decision the people of this country have ever made.
He has falsely claimed to business leaders that leaving the European Union without a trade deal would amount to “the biggest act of protectionism in British history.”
Well I, and the majority in the UK, disagree. Last year China, Russia, the USA, Japan, India, and Brazil exported goods to the value of €845.1 billion to the EU – and none of these countries has a trade agreement with the EU.
We want to continue trading with Europe – and let’s not forget it is businesses that do the trading – but we will benefit enormously by being able to have our own trade deals with other countries, many of which are more than keen on such a prospect.
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall, commenting on Theresa May’s Brexit speech, speaking from the European Parliament, Strasbourg, said:
“Some of it did sound like a UKIP conference speech and she’s now applying some of the things that we’ve been talking about for many, many years.”
“I am concerned that what we’re getting is some sort of slow-motion Brexit where she is speaking about interim measures, or a transitional period, which will only begin after April 2019. She has given no end date to these transitional measures.
“I challenge the Prime Minister; let’s have this all done and dusted before the next General Election in 2020. On a positive note I would probably give a 7 out of 10 today,” said Mr Nuttall, North West Euro-MP. Continue reading Response to PM’s Brexit speech→
UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England