Commenting on the known details of the EU-Turkey migration deal, UKIP Migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said:
“The rushed EU deal with Turkey rewards that country for doing things that they should be doing anyway, like controlling their sea and land borders with the European Union – a political bloc they are desperate to join. Agreeing to liberalise the visa requirements for Turkish nationals is EU madness, given that it is Turkey’s lax visa rules for entry into their own country that is a significant cause of today’s great EU migration. Migrants with the intent of entering the EU illegally buy visas to gain easy entry into Turkey and then head straight to the coast and make perilous boat trips to the Greek Islands to enter the EU.
“Turkey’s application for EU membership should be a completely separate issue to encouraging them to play a responsible part in dealing with migrants who pass through their territory. The €3 billion of EU funding to Turkey shouldn’t be used as an inducement to make Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdoğan stop turning the misery of migrants into a mini-industry for his coastal ports. He should fulfil his international obligations anyway. In the chess board negotiations that the EU is always having with this NATO member, Erdoğan has started to use poor migrants as pawns to milk EU taxpayers. The EU Commission and Council are suckers for falling for it.”