MEP criticises plans for European Coastguard

North West Conservative MEP Sir Robert Atkins has blasted proposals to establish a European Coastguard. A proposed EU Directive has called for a feasibility study to be undertaken by the European Commission to look into the creation of a European Coastguard. This proposal has been supported by both the Labour and Liberal Democrat MEPs.

Speaking from Strasbourg today, Sir Robert commented:

"The UK Conservatives are totally opposed to any attempts to establish a European Coastguard. The British system runs well and successfully deals with a wide range of maritime issues in British waters. This is yet another example of Brussels trying to absorb British methods of dealing with matters into a European conglomerate which it would then control. The fact that Labour and Liberal Democrat MEPs support the demise of the British coastal protection system demonstrates that they cannot be trusted to support the British national interest in Europe."

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