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Labour MEPs vote to open door to returning ISIS fighters


Published Nov 25, 2015

Diane_James.jpgThis week in the European Parliament Labour MEPs voted for the "reintegration" to society of returning Jihadi fighters and in approval of the statement "member states must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism."

Diane James MEP and UKIP Home Affairs spokesman said, "After the events of Paris I am astounded that Labour MEPs have voted for these amendments. The free movement of people has led to the free movement of jihad and the only way to combat this is for Member States to regain control of their borders immediately.

"Labour opened our borders and have attempted to keep them open even in the face of these barbaric forces. UK citizen's security should be paramount, apparently Labour does not agree."

In addition Gerard Batten UKIP MEP, who spoke on the report, said, "This is shameful behaviour from Labour. In an increasingly unsafe world the British public will be shocked to hear that their elected Labour and Tory MEPs have voted to allow returning ISIS fighters back into British society. Anyone who has supported these terrorist groups should be appropriately prosecuted or not allowed back in."

Amendment 50

Amendment 50 - Vehemently believes, in light of the current refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, that Member States must refrain from using any border control measures aimed at fighting terrorism and stopping the travel of suspected terrorists, for immigration control purposes;

Recital T. - whereas the important thing now is to put greater emphasis on and invest in preventive rather than reactive measures to address the radicalisation of European citizens and their recruitment by terrorist organisations; whereas a strategy to counter extremism, radicalisation and terrorist recruitment within the EU can only work if it is developed in parallel to a strategy of integration and social inclusion and of reintegration and deradicalisation of so-called ‘foreign fighters’ who are returnees;

The report on the prevention of radicalisation and recruitment of European citizens by terrorist organisations can be found here.

The result of the vote can be found here.

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