Fostering the free movement of people has been an important objective of European integration since the 1950s. Free movement of goods, persons, services and capital were identified as foundations of the Community in the Treaty of Rome, however the Schengen zone only works in peace time, and now the globe is on the verge of war, emanating from the Middle East.
When the Frontex published its risk analysis in 2016, it admitted that the EU and its free movement laws are a major danger to security and peace.
The damning report reveals that the UK is at serious risk within the EU, and is vulnerable to inconsistencies within the EU structure and policy shifts from Brussels.
This year alone, the number of people aiming to get to the UK with fraudulent documents significantly increased (+70%) compared to 2014. This trend is mostly attributable to the increasing number of Albanian nationals often misusing Italian and Greek ID cards followed by Ukrainian nationals abusing authentic Polish ID cards.
The port of Calais is a much contentious issue, and will be for some time. The port has recorded many instances of violence, boarding of vehicles by illegal migrants and of general chaos. This is a highly unacceptable stance to have directly on the borders of the UK, and the EU is in its nonchalance creating a dangerous bottle neck of trouble within the continent.
To compound the issue, there is no EU system capable of tracing people’s movements following an illegal border-crossing.
Europe has never seen such movements of people since World War II, but it seems to be caught in the headlights, standing back and just watching. Can the EU be entrusted in keeping its citizens safe? No, is the emphatic answer, especially when in 2015 there were 1.8 million illegal migrants crossing into the Schengen zone leading up to the Paris attacks.
With all these millions of people crossing the EU borders each year, they have no way of ascertaining whether the passports presented are real or forged, or to where these migrants came from.
Visa liberalisation has created serious problems and member states cannot cope with the sheer volume of migrant traffic.
The ongoing problem is all part of the EU’s dangerous flirtation with a borderless Europe, which can only work in a time of global peace, of which we have none at the moment.
This is why the UK must vote to leave on June 23, if it values its security and borders.