Every country within the EU could be forced to accept a quota of refugees under highly controversial plans to be unveiled by Brussels this week.
Britain said it would refuse to accept the proposal by the European Commission to share the refugees and asylum seekers – who have arrived in their thousands in southern Italy in recent months – among the EU’s 28 member states.
The plan, driven by Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, is “practically seen as a declaration of war”, one senior EU official said.
According to the draft, seen by Italian media ahead of its unveiling on Wednesday, “the EU needs a permanent system for sharing the responsibility for large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers among member states”.
Would have had something of an effect on voting, don’t you think?
BTW, international law on this is very clear. Yes, everyone has the right of asylum on the grounds of presecution, war, famine and so on. And that right is claimable only (and please do note it is *only*) in the first safe country one comes to. A refugee does not get to go jurisdiction shopping.