The Yates anthology: Are you asking us or telling us, Angela?
Published 12/09/2015 | 02:30
An unintended consequence of the refugee crisis may be a new wave of Euro-scepticism. Leave aside the emotional and humanitarian necessities of desperate people fleeing civil wars in Eritrea, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - as well as the actual response of the Irish government and people in accepting thousands of migrants. The rights of EU member states to determine their own policies must still be asserted.
The Schengen agreement and the Dublin Regulation clearly set out the cornerstones of EU law. This means free movement of European citizens in countries across most member states, without passports and border checks. Refugees seeking asylum shall claim asylum in the country which they enter first. Ireland, Denmark and Britain are not obliged to accept quotas. EU rules are modified only through treaties or Council negotiation. It must be remembered that Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Juncker don't govern us.
Mr Juncker delivered a landmark 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament this week - apparently it's a seminal annual event! It's modelled on the yearly American presidential speech to both houses on Capitol Hill.