This mad deal on mi­grants is a real TURKEY

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ThE EU’s so­lu­tion to the es­ca­lat­ing mi­gra­tion cri­sis is to give 75 mil­lion Turks visa-free ac­cess to Europe. Who thought that was a good idea? In ad­di­tion, Brus­sels has also agreed to pay Turkey more than £2 bil­lion to tighten bor­der se­cu­rity. Bri­tain’s share of the bill will be in the re­gion of £280 mil­lion, even though we are not part of the open bor­ders Schen­gen treaty.

Not that the opt- out from Schen­gen has done any­thing to curb net mi­gra­tion to this coun­try, which hit a record 336,000 in the year to June.

That head­line fig­ure also masks the true scale of for­eign na­tion­als mov­ing to Bri­tain, since it is cal­cu­lated by de­duct­ing the num­ber of peo­ple who em­i­grate. The ac­tual to­tal of new ar­rivals over that pe­riod is north of 600,000.

Our pop­u­la­tion is set to grow by ten mil­lion over the next 20 years, with most of it com­ing from im­mi­gra­tion.

That’s if you be­lieve the es­ti­mates, which I don’t. We have been con­stantly lied to by politi­cians about the over­whelm­ing level of mi­gra­tion. Re­mem­ber when Labour told us there would be only 13,000 mi­grants from East­ern Europe? The truth is nearer two mil­lion. In the past 12 months, more than 50,000 ar­rived from Bul­garia and Ro­ma­nia alone.

Call Me Dave promised to cut im­mi­gra­tion to the ‘low tens of thou­sands’. how’s that work­ing out, then?

SO TAKE with a lorry load of salt the Govern­ment’s con­tention that even if our Euro­pean ‘part­ners’ give visa-free ac­cess to 75 mil­lion Turks, none of them will be al­lowed to set­tle here. We have learned to our cost that while we re­main mem­bers of the EU, once some­one has set foot in Europe it is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to pre­vent them trav­el­ling to Bri­tain.

For the record, the Turk­ish com­mu­nity in this coun­try is one of the most suc­cess­ful and best in­te­grated, hav­ing be­come es­tab­lished over the past four decades, con­cen­trated in North Lon­don.

Although the vast ma­jor­ity are Mus­lim, they wear their re­li­gion lightly and shun ex­trem­ists. Eth­nic Turks, whether from the main­land or Cyprus, have founded and run thriv­ing busi­nesses and have never been a bur­den on the State.

In fact, many of them are among the set­tled mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties in Bri­tain who have been most ad­versely af­fected by the mas­sive in­flux of new­com­ers from all over the world which fol­lowed Labour’s cyn­i­cal de­ci­sion to dy­na­mite our bor­der con­trols. But that doesn’t mean that we should be any part of a deal which en­cour­ages mil­lions more Turks to move to Europe.

For decades, Turkey was a sec­u­lar state, but in re­cent years it has em­braced Is­lamism, which is the great­est threat to Euro­pean civil­i­sa­tion and se­cu­rity.

It has por­ous bor­ders with Syria and Iraq, and is the stop­ping off point both for ji­hadists on their way to join Izal and mi­grants head­ing for Europe. Can we have any con­fi­dence that Turkey will de­liver tighter bor­der con­trols to stem the re­lent­less flow of ‘refugees’ head­ing our way?

Yes, they’re in the front­line of the mod­ern wave of mi­gra­tion, but don’t they have a duty to pro­tect their own bor­ders, re­gard­less of the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion of the 600,000 peo­ple who cross into Turkey bound for Europe ev­ery year?

Why should we have to bribe them to do it? Turkey has long har­boured an am­bi­tion to join the EU, but there re­main se­ri­ous doubts about its record on democ­racy and hu­man rights.

It has his­tor­i­cally been the gate­way be­tween Europe and the Is­lamic world. You don’t need to be a scholar to un­der­stand that, merely to have watched Rick Stein’s re­cent cook­ery ad­ven­tures in Is­tan­bul.

What­ever its mer­its and at­trac­tions, how­ever, Turkey is not a Euro­pean coun­try and has no place in the EU. That doesn’t pre­clude friendly re­la­tions, trade agree­ments and other treaties.

But at a time when Western Chris­tian, sec­u­lar and lib­eral val­ues are un­der sus­tained as­sault, of­ten vi­o­lently, who could ar­gue with any de­gree of san­ity that it was sen­si­ble to in­vite another 75 mil­lion Mus­lims to set­tle in Europe? And to bung them £2 bil­lion into the bar­gain?

If Ger­many’s An­gela Merkel and the ivory- tower Eu­ro­crats in Brus­sels want to com­mit cul­tural and de­mo­graphic sui­cide, then there’s noth­ing we can do to stop them. They will have to an­swer to their own cit­i­zens. It won’t end well for any of them. But the Bri­tish Govern­ment should never have agreed to go along with it. I don’t be­lieve this deal com­mands the sup­port of the Bri­tish peo­ple, in­clud­ing the ma­jor­ity of our friends and neigh­bours in the Turk­ish com­mu­nity here.

The truth is that EU ‘ lead­ers’ haven’t got a clue what to do about the Mus­lim in­va­sion of Europe. They’re danc­ing in the dark, and this bonkers deal with Turkey is a sign of their des­per­a­tion.

The only good news is that when the im­pact sinks in, it will be another nail in the cof­fin of our dis­as­trous EU mem­ber­ship.

Im­mi­gra­tion was al­ways go­ing to be the big­gest is­sue in our up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum. And the day that Brus­sels de­cided to give 75 mil­lion Turk­ish Mus­lims visa-free ac­cess may well prove to be the day that fi­nally con­vinced the Bri­tish peo­ple it’s time to get out.

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