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|Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:10 pm Post subject: DENMARK SLAMS DOOR ON FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND PEOPLE
|Denmark slams door on free movement within the EUThe EU’s flagship commitment to free movement was ‘in tatters’ last night as Denmark imposed border controls to keep out criminals and illegal immigrants from other parts of Europe.
The nation was accused of breaching the Schengen treaty, which allows free movement of goods and people and includes all EU member states except Britain and Ireland.
Stop and search: Danish customs officers check a vehicle with a sniffing dog at the border between Germany and Denmark in Froslev, Denmark
Denmark deployed extra 50 customs officers at crossings with Germany and Sweden yesterday, saying the move was needed to fight border-hopping criminals and illegal immigrants within the Schengen zone. A further 50 officers will be added by the end of the year.
German holidaymakers were urged to boycott Denmark in protest.
Alexander Alvaro, a German member of the European Parliament, called Denmark’s move ‘a backward roll’ which ‘endangers the cohesion of the European Union’.
The European Commission said Denmark risks contravening the terms of the 25-nation passport-free Schengen zone, and was monitoring the move.
Just 24 hours earlier, the Netherlands threatened to deport Eastern Europeans who cannot find work.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said the developments left the Schengen treaty ‘in tatters’. He urged the Prime Minister to use the situation to demand concessions for Britain.
He said: ‘If David Cameron genuinely wanted to stand up to Brussels now would be the perfect time. The two crowning achievements of the EU are meant to be the single currency and the Schengen agreement. The first is in the deepest crisis imaginable and the Danes have torn up the second.’
Denmark’s centre-right coalition agreed to toughen border controls last week following pressure from its anti-immigration ally the Danish People’s Party. Finance minister Claus Hjort-Frederiksen said: ‘We have seen too many examples of violence, break-ins and brutal criminality committed by perpetrators who have crossed our borders.’
WE SHOULD BE SHUTTING OUR DOOR EVEN HARDER THAN HOLLAND AND DENMARK, SEARCH OUT THOSE WHO SHOULD NOT BE HERE AND DEPORT THEM, NEVER MIND THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS WHAT ABOUT OURS.
IF THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS WE WANT AN UPRISING TO CLEAR OUT THE RUBBISH THAT IS GOVERNING OUR COUNTRY.