Angela Merkel has announced another U-turn on migration
Ukip’s Jane Collins told express.co.uk European leaders are finally backtracking on their “naive” approach to immigration and asylum after realising they had made a terrible mistake and put people’s security at risk.
The party’s home affairs spokeswoman said Brussels’ failures and subsequent attempts to atone for them should act as a wake up call in Westminster that “serious investment” is need in Britain’s border force.
She was reacting to the news today that Mrs Merkel has written to eurocrats begging them to water down EU human rights regulations so that she can deport more failed asylum seekers back to Africa and the Middle East.
The beleaguered German chancellor has performed a series of remarkable U-turns on her much criticised open borders policy as she attempts to arrest an alarming poll slide which could propel her rival Martin Schulz into power this autumn.
Ukip MEP Jane Collins said Mrs Merkel knew she had made a 'catastrophic' mistake
Germany has taken in more than a million migrants and refugees
In a letter to Brussels, co-signed with French leader Francois Hollande, she asked officials to drop current guidelines which mean that many North African and Middle Eastern countries are considered too unsafe to deport migrants back to.
The pair also suggest that safety should be judged on a regional level not a national one, meaning failed asylum seekers could be sent back to certain areas of countries even if they are ravaged by war like Syria and Libya.
Ms Collins said Germany’s request "demonstrates that even the most ardent Europhiles have come to realise that uncontrolled mass migration and the open door policy the EU operated during the migrant crisis was a catastrophic failure”.
The open door policy the EU operated during the migrant crisis was a catastrophic failure
Ukip MEP Jane Collins
She said: "What the naive policy of EU leaders in assuming anyone who said they were from Syria was a genuine asylum seeker did was allow criminals and terrorists to exploit this weakness.
"And we saw some of the devastating results in atrocities across the EU including the Paris attacks and the Berlin Christmas market attack where the perpetrator, a Tunisian failed asylum seeker, left 12 dead and 56 injured before he was finally shot in Milan after being able to travel across borders unchecked."
The Ukip MEP also dismissed the plan put forward by eurocrats and Mrs Merkel to sign deals with North African countries like Libya designed to stop immigration, saying they allow corrupt regimes to “hold the EU over a barrel”.
'MERKEL MUST GO': Brussels protest against German Chancellor
Tue, February 14, 2017
Angry campaigners held placards with slogans reading 'Merkel not welcomed' and 'Merkel must go' following a spate of terror attacks against Germany.
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Protest on the sidelines of Angela Merkel's official visit in Brussels
Brussels wants to replicate the accord it has with Turkey, under which all economic migrants arriving in Greece are sent back across the Aegean, with other countries to prevent a future influx of refugees.
But Ms Collins said: “We should not be dependent on other countries to act as a holding ground for people who are determined to make it into any EU country.
"The EU has proved itself unable to manage a common EU border and this latest move by Germany highlights to me the need for the UK to realise that our own border agency needs serious investment.
“Come Brexit we cannot just rest on our laurels and assume that independence means we have the controls and strategies in place to impose the tougher controls the British people have repeatedly said they want."