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Pan European Networks: Government







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




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

financial security.

“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




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

about self-rule.”

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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