The EU’s immigration chief has insisted migrants are “not a topic for discussion” right now despite the issue being a key factor in the British people backing Brexit.
Speaking at an immigration conference in Dublin yesterday afternoon, Matthias Ruete, director general of the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), the body which deals with border management and common EU migration and asylum policy, said it was “business as usual”.
He said Britain’s decision to leave the EU “was not a topic for discussion” and he declined to say what impact Brexit would have on the Schengen Area.
“Currently we are a union of 28 states and the rights and obligation this entails continue to exist. Anything else is a matter for another day,” he said.
In his address, Mr Ruete explained how the EU was responding to the challenges posed by the refugee crisis.
Appointed to the head of DG HOME in 2014, he said the EU’s migration and asylum policies had never been designed to tackle the “current migrant storm”.