But UKIP’s Mike Hookem is wrong to say that the Schengen ‘free movement’ zone and lax border controls are responsible.
He was quoting concerns raised by Europol head Rob Wainwright that 5,000 “jihadists” may be “at large in the EU”.
But Mr Wainwright made it clear that he was discussing EU nationals who had returned to their country of origin after attending terrorist training camps.
The EU’s ‘free movement’ rule had nothing to do with the return of these people to their countries of origin.
Mr Hookem and his party would be better-off concentrating on some of the real problems with the UK’s EU membership – rather than basing a hysterical and cynical attack on another country’s tragedy.
European Union freedom of movement rules bear some responsibility for Tuesday explosions in Brussels, Ukip’s defence spokesperson has suggested.
Mike Hookem said the attacks illustrated that freedom of movement in the bloc was “a threat to our security”.
At least 13 people have reportedly been killed on Tuesday morning in two explosions at Zaventem international airport and one at Maalbeek metro station.
“I am appalled at the loss of life and injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed and injured,” the MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber said.
“This horrific act of terrorism shows that Schengen free movement and lax border controls are a threat to our security.”
Mr Hookem said 5,000 “jihadists” were “at large in the EU having slipped in from Syria” – citing concerns raised last month by the head of Europol Rob Wainwright.
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