Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Refugee Taskforce, responding to reports that the European Commission is considering scrapping the Dublin III regulations on refugees:
"The humanitarian crisis in Europe will be worse this year than last unless European governments act fast. But the latest proposals from the EU Commission still don't add up to a comprehensive response.
“Europe needs a sustainable plan which should include more countries offering sanctuary to families fleeing persecution and conflict, but should also include ending Schengen and bringing back internal border controls to manage the crisis.
“Britain is rightly outside Schengen and won't be directly affected by these proposals. But we have a long history of offering sanctuary to those fleeing persecution and conflict and the British Government should start by supporting Lord Alf Dubs amendment and Save the Children's campaign to take 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from within Europe.”