Down the Path of Madness towards a Turkish-dominated EU – UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall
• European Parliament, Brussels, 28 April 2016
• Paul Nuttall MEP, Deputy Leader, UK Independence Party (North West), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group –@paulnuttallukip – Bluecard question: José Inácio FARIA MEP (Portugal), Liberal group (ALDE)
• Debate: Legal aspects, democratic control and implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement Council and Commission statements [2016/2666(RSP)]
An EU deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of migrants coming into Europe is “errant nonsense”, said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall today.
It has been agreed that in return for Turkey taking measures to keep more Syrian refugees, accession talks will be reopened and work speeded up on easing visa restrictions on their citizens travelling to Europe.
“This is totally the wrong move and errant nonsense,” said Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.
“Turkey is demanding £3bn to complete an action plan on migration, more than six times the sum first proposed by the European Commission and they have already had£3,278 million in pre-accession funds.
“Crazily by trying to solve one problem of migration EU leaders are just potentially creating a bigger one by throwing open the doors for Turkey’s 75 million citizens to have free access to Europe.
“The EU is always happy to splash the cash, including the £55m we hand over to them every day, and it is vital we escape from this madness by voting to leave,” he said.
UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the the North West of England