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BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Sink immigrants’ boats – Griffin

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 8, 2009

The EU should sink boats carrying illegal immigrants to prevent them entering Europe, British National Party leader Nick Griffin has told the BBC.

The MEP for the North-West of England said the EU had to get “very tough” with migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.

Pressed on what should happen to those on board, he said: “Throw them a life raft and they can go back to Libya”.

Libya has long been a staging post for migrants from Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa wanting to reach Europe.

‘Combating the flow’

In an interview with this week’s edition of BBC Parliament’s The Record Europe, he said: “If there’s measures to set up some kind of force or to help, say the Italians, set up a force which actually blocks the Mediterranean then we’d support that.

“But the only measure, sooner or later, which is going to stop immigration and stop large numbers of sub-Saharan Africans dying on the way to get over here is to get very tough with those coming over.

“Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.

“Anyone coming up with measures like that we’ll support but anything which is there as a ‘oh, we need to do something about it’ but in the end doing something about it means bringing them into Europe’ we will oppose.”

The interviewer, BBC Correspondent Shirin Wheeler, said: “I don’t think the EU is in the business of murdering people at sea.”

Mr Griffin replied: “I didn’t say anyone should be murdered at sea – I say boats should be sunk, they can throw them a life raft and they can go back to Libya.

“But Europe has sooner or later to close its borders or its simply going to be swamped by the Third World.”

via BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Sink immigrants’ boats – Griffin.

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