The dangerous meddling by the EU super government in the internal affairs of member nations has been highlighted once again with the announcement that Brussels now plans to restrict the use of airline passenger lists to control illegal immigration.
The European Union's move to “harmonise the way governments use data” represents the EU's single biggest assault on the UK's e-Borders programme to date.
The e-Borders scheme aims to count every traveller in and out of the country to help pinpoint illegal immigrants. Britain collects 30million passenger name records (PNR) every year, which include names, addresses, email addresses, whether a traveller had luggage, the date they reserved tickets, their route, whether they did not turn up for the flight, and whether they paid in cash.
Crucially, the records can link a name with a specific credit card and a particular journey - clues which could be vital in an investigation by police or the security services.
The EU wants all member states to collect and share the details for flights in and out of Europe, to combat terrorism and organised crime.
But it says governments should not collect information about flights within Europe - and they should not use any information to combat illegal immigration.
The document also revealed that the Government is powerless to collect PNR-style data on travellers who arrive in Britain by coach.
* The revived and renamed EU Constitution, to which Gordon Brown has already signed up and over which he refused to hold a referendum, has already blown a hole in Britain's borders by allowing the EU to take full control over this nation's asylum and immigration policies.
The Treaty imposes the duty upon the UK to be “fair towards third-country national.”
‘Fairness' is, of course, subjective. This will allow the European Court of Justice to rule that steps to control illegal immigration which it does not like, are “unfair” - effectively giving the final say on UK immigration policy to an unelected judge sitting in another country.
There will also be more costs placed on the taxpayer. The asylum provisions contain a solidarity clause. Under Article 69 c there will be increased demands on the taxpayer as Britain will be expected to share the financial burden of immigration. This will lead to Britain supporting asylum seekers in EU states that have a lower GDP than the UK.