Pan European Networks: Government
COMMISSION UNVEILS PLANS
TO SAVE SCHENGEN
he European Commission has announced a
series of measures aimed at restoring full
functionality to the Schengen area by the
end of 2016.
The plans see a lifting of all internal border controls by December and
the creation of a European border and coastguard to begin work in the
summer. They also include the provision of immediate support to Greece,
which has seen some 130,000 migrants arrive on its islands since the
beginning of 2016 alone.
The passport-free zone is under increasing pressure as a number of
member states reintroduce border controls in an attempt to stem the flow
of migrants through the bloc – a decision which carries significant costs.
According to the EU
commission, it would cost
some €5-18bn each year
to fully re-establish border
controls within the area,
including as much as
€1.2bn in the number of
tourist nights lost and up to €5.8bn in administrative costs.
With this is mind, commission vice-president Frans Timmermans called
for an end to “all internal border controls as quickly as possible, and by
December 2016 at the latest”.
To this end, he continued, “we need a co-ordinated European approach
to temporary border controls within the framework of the Schengen rules
instead of the current patchwork of unilateral decisions”.
7 March 2016
UK/EU VOTE: CAMERON
OUTLINES RISK OF BREXIT
avid Cameron has insisted that the
economic consequences of leaving the EU
are not a “price worth paying”.
“Let’s just remember what a shock really means,” the UK prime minister
warned. “It means pressure on the pound sterling. It means jobs being
lost. It means mortgage rates might rise. It means businesses closing.
It means hardworking people losing their livelihoods.”
Cameron’s remarks come after the British pound fell to a seven-year
low in February amid fears over a possible Brexit should the electorate
vote to leave the EU in a referendum to be held in June.
Last week, London Mayor Boris Johnson conceded that leaving the EU
“might” cost jobs but maintained that after an “initial period of
dislocation and uncertainty … very rapid improvement” would follow.
The prime minister today hit back at Johnson’s optimism: “For those
who advocate leaving, lost
jobs and a dented economy
might be collateral damage
or a price worth paying. For
me, they’re not. They never
are. Because there’s
nothing more important
than protecting people’s
“That’s why I believe we
are better off in.”
Responding to criticism from Leave campaigners that the pro-EU
campaign has been run on fear, Cameron used most of his speech
to car workers in Chester to set out the advantages of remaining in the
EU. He has already revoked the concept of ‘collective responsibility’
common in UK politics to allow eurosceptic cabinet ministers to
campaign to leave the EU.
10 March 2016
UK/EU VOTE: CAMERON TO
FACE MPs ON DEAL
he UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to
advocate the UK’s continued membership of
the EU to MPs later today when he details the
reforms deal agreed on Friday.
He insists that the country will be “safer, stronger and better off” in the
union and says the concessions negotiated with EU leaders represent “the
best of both worlds”.
In a blow to his pro-EU campaign, however, London Mayor Boris Johnson,
a key figure in Cameron’s Conservative Party, has announced his support
for the ‘out’ campaign.
Writing for UK newspaper
The Daily Telegraph,
Johnson said that a vote to
leave is the “only” way “to get the change we need”. A vote to stay, he
continued, would only be
taken “as a green light for
more federalism and for
the erosion of democracy”.
He added: “This is a
moment to be brave, to
reach out – not to hug the
skirts of Nurse in Brussels,
and refer all decisions to someone else.
“This is the only opportunity we will ever have to show that we care
Johnson’s announcement comes after several other senior party members
also confirmed their support for the leave campaign. The referendum is
set for 23 June.
22 February 2016
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