Denmark have announced they are prepared to defy the European Commission with regards to border checks inside the Schengen passport-free zone, if necessary, in order to protect their national security.
The European Commission recently agreed that Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Sweden to continue checks at their respective borders for another 6 months, but warned that it would be the last time they would be permitted (yes, countries need permission from the EU to protect themselves) to do so.
Prime Minister, Lars Loekke Rasmussen, told the Danish Parliament on Tuesday that the number of people coming from Africa to Europe was “much, much too high”.
He added: “We will continue border controls unless the EU miraculously finds ways to regain control of its outer frontiers and Italy curbs the flow of refugees into Europe”.
Rasmussen said that his country has to protect their own border because “the EU are failing to protect theirs and that nobody in his party is “in favour of open borders with Africa”.
Defiance of the EU seems to be spreading throughout Europe off the back of the Brexit vote. Poland announced yesterday that they will defy the EU by refusing to relocate a quota of refugees – a move which could lead to them being sanctioned by Brussels.