Statement on Asylum

Then only guaranteed way of determining who lives in Britain is to vote to leave the European Union next month, an MP has said. Shipley MP Philip Davies said the public needed to be clear on Britain’s stance on asylum seekers before they cast their ballot. Mr Davies said: “The minister has said that the asylum regime may well change after the EU referendum. There is no status quo on the ballot paper on the referendum just as those who voted to stay in the Common Market in 1975 did not get the status quo. “The Labour party and opposition parties seem to be working on the basis that other EU countries are incapable of providing decent and humane refuge to asylum seekers. If this is the case, government should agree we should not want to be in part of a political union with countries who cannot treat asylum seekers with decency and treat them properly.” He made the comments in the Commons in response to an urgent question surrounding European Commission plans to reform EU asylum rules. Countries not taking their fair share of asylum seekers will face large financial penalties. The Commission claim change was needed as the system was bucking under the strain of the influx. Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said: “We will continue to work with other EU partners to support them and ensure that those who are claiming asylum in their shores are able to do so effectively, that is why our experts are precisely in tune with that.” Mr Davies added: “Next month’s referendum is the first time in more than 40 years that voters are going to have a choice on the future of Britain’s membership in the EU. That is why it is so important that people know what they are voting for. The minister has said things could change after the referendum so the goal posts are being moved and people may not get what they think they are voting for. The only way to ensure we have control over who comes in to the country is to vote to leave the European Union.”