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British Defense Secretary Under Fire for Comments on Immigrants

By    |   Monday, 27 Oct 2014 02:14 PM

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has fallen into some hot political water with his statements that Britain is being "swamped" by a flood of immigrants and some towns are literally "under siege."

The flap shows that immigration, and the population and cultural changes it brings, is becoming as big a problem and political debate in Britain and the European Union as it is in the U.S.

Breitbart News reports that Fallon, who indicated that the British government is trying to come up with changes in the way the country, and the European Union, regulate immigration, incurred criticism from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said, "We must not interfere with the fundamental principles of free movement in Europe."

"That is still being worked on at the moment to see what we can do to prevent whole towns and communities being swamped by huge numbers of migrant workers," Breitbart reported Fallon said.

"In some areas, particularly on the east coast, yes, towns do feel under siege from large numbers of migrant workers and people claiming benefits. It is quite right that we look at that.

"The original treaty when it was drawn up 50 years ago did not envisage these vast movements of people, and we are perfectly entitled to say this needs to be looked at again.

"We will put our proposal forward and we will look for support from other member states as well, including Germany."

Fallon backpedaled the next day with a statement from a government spokesman that the Defense Minister "accepts that he should have chosen his words better. He should have said 'under pressure,'" the Herald Scotland reported.

With election pressures on, Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that Britain intends to seek changes in the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country under its European Union treaty.

Fallon, in a television interview with Sky News, said, "The Germans haven’t seen our proposals yet and we haven’t seen our proposals yet," The Guardian reported.

The Independent noted that Cameron is considering issuing national insurance numbers to low-skilled immigrant workers which would expire after a period of time, blocking their right to work in Britain, but European Union chief Jose Manuel Barroso said, "There is no possibility of the U.K. reducing the number of immigrants from EU to the U.K. It is not up for negotiation. In principle arbitrary caps seem to me in contradiction with EU laws. That is quite clear from my point of view."

Fallon's comments brought him under fire from other British politicians as well, with Cabinet member Ed Davey telling the Guardian, "When we talk about immigration, we need to be responsible in the words that we use," and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander commenting to the Guardian that his words display "the desperation of the Conservative Party."

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