Cameron says Britain will not adopt EU asylum system

British Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will not join EU’s possible common asylum system adding his country would be affected by refugee crisis even in case of Brexit

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British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Scottish Conservatives Conference at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain March 4, 2016.

Britain would not adapt EU’s possible relocation quotas planned to be applied in member countries, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, stating that the kingdom would be affected by the refugee crisis even it decides to leave the European Union in June.

Arriving for EU-Turkey summit aimed to control refugee crisis in Europe, Cameron said that Britain will have it’s own way of dealing with the issue.

"We have an absolutely rock-solid opt-out from these things. There's no prospect of Britain joining a common asylum process in Europe. We'll have our own asylum approach, our own way of doing things, keeping our borders," Cameron said.

"Even outside the EU, we would be affected by a migration crisis like this. But at the end of the day we maintain our borders and our own way of doing things because we have the best of both worlds," he continued.

Under the EU’s current asylum system, known as the Dublin protocol, EU member countries are obligated to register and process asylum claims on a national basis and that responsibility falls to the first EU state a refugee enters.

As one of the several ways proposed to deal with accumulation of refugees in certain transit countries such as Greece and Italy, EU could re-designate the system and oversee applications centrally. The EU executive is due to present proposals for reforms of the system next week.

Britain fears that revisioned Dublin rules could prevent Britain to deport asylum-seekers to the EU state where they first entered.

On the other hand, some blame British PM of trying to scare voters into supporting continued EU membership.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director general, John Longworth, resigned late on Sunday after he breached the group's neutral stance on the in-out referendum to be held on June 23 by saying that the EU was incapable of meaningful reform and Britain could have a bright economic future outside the bloc.

After his resignation was announced, Longworth criticised Cameron, who argues that Britain's national security and economic stability would be at risk if it votes to leave the 28-nation EU, even though his ruling Conservative Party is deeply split on the issue.

"It is highly irresponsible of the government of the country to be peddling hyperbole," Longworth told the Daily Telegraph newspaper in an interview published on Monday.

"If the government keeps peddling the line that it will be a disaster if we leave, which it actually won't be, they are going to put the country in a position where it will be damaged if we do."

Longworth's comments mark the latest spat in what is becoming an increasingly divisive battle over Britain's future in the EU. Polls show public opinion is finely balanced and the issue has split senior members of Cameron's cabinet, pitting him against popular London Mayor Boris Johnson.

TRTWorld and agencies