Innenriksminister Theresa May er klar i sin tale: Båtmigranter fra Afrikas kyst skal returneres til Afrika. I Storbritannia, som allerede har minst én million illegale innvandrere og sliter med grensekontrollen, er det hverken plass eller penger til de som søker seg til en bedre økonomisk tilværelse i Europa.

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Theresa May – holdes ikke lenger tilbake av Liberaldemokratene

Theresa May mener at retur av asylsøkere er det beste virkemiddelet mot menneskesmuglere som gladelig risikererer migrantenes liv i overfylte småbåter over Middelhavet.

“What we see is that a lot of people coming are economic migrants, but they are paying criminal gangs to transport them across Africa.

“These criminals are then putting them into vessels which they know very often are not seaworthy, where people’s lives are being put at risk.

“It’s important that the criminals aren’t able simply to say to people: ‘If you pay us money, we are going to put your lives at risk but don’t worry, you’ll get to Europe’.

“And that’s why it’s important that people picked up in the Mediterranean can be taken back to Africa.”

Hun legger til at det ikke mangel på sympati eller hjertevarme som er grunnlaget for den britiske regjeringens holdning:

“Of course we as the United Kingdom are participating in search and rescue operations, to make sure people are not dying at seat, but we need to deal with these criminal gangs, we need to deal with this terrible callous trade in human beings.

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“What we’re seeing lying behind a lot of these people coming to Europe is this terrible trade in human beings.

“There are criminals who are making money, making a profit, out of people’s aspirations and doing so in a way where they know they know these people’s lives will be put at risk.

“I think that is a terrible trade and I think we need to ensure that criminals are not able to ply this business any longer.”

Theresa May er med dette på kollisjonskurs med EU som vil få til en «rettferdig fordeling» av båtmigranter på medlemslandene. EU ville at Storbritannia skulle ta imot 60.000 båtmigranter. Brysselbyråkratene kan umulig ha fått med seg den politiske stemningen i landet.

Theresa May viser også at hun, som vi andre, kan se og lese om hvem båtmigrantene er og hvor de kommer fra.

«People talk about refugees, but actually if you look at those crossing the central Mediterranean, the largest number of people are those from countries such as Nigeria, Somalia and Eritrea – these are economic migrants and people who have paid criminal gangs to transport them across from Africa in non-safe boats who then have to be rescued.»

The Times idag skrev Theresa May: ‘I disagree with the suggestion by the EU’s high representative Federica Mogherini that «no migrant» intercepted at sea should be sent back against their will’.

The Telegraph  Daily Mail

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