Saturday 3rd March 2018
Mike Hookem MEP has slammed European Parliamentary plans for a £1.7billion spending splurge, which will include the introduction of an armed "private army" to protect MEPs and bureaucrats; saying the plans are "reminiscent of underdeveloped juntas headed by tinpot dictators."
Mr Hookem spoke out after it was revealed MEPs and bureaucrats would be given a dedicated 46-person 'close protection' team, which will include twelve dedicated bodyguards for the European Parliament president, Antonio Tajani.
The new security team, known as "Unit Protection," will only be answerable to the Parliament's internal administration.
Speaking from his Hull constituency, Mr Hookem stormed, "while I understand Brussels is a hotbed of potential terrorist activity - especially considering the EU's open border influx of unchecked migrants - the majority of ordinary people would not know the strutting peacocks of the EU elite if they bumped into them in the street."
"So why then do the elite of the European Parliament think they warrant a 46-person private army? The Parliament is already protected by groups of Belgian soldiers, backed up by the city's armed police.
"However, it would seem this is not enough for an EU elite who seem to put their own security above that of the people of Europe. Where is the extra security and protection for ordinary citizens who face the same threat of terrorism, and who are now being asked to pay for this private army?"
"If Mr Tajani and the EU's other faceless bureaucrats feel insecure enough to warrant a private parliamentary 'army,' then why don't they take steps to make all the countries of the European Union more secure. This could be easily achieved by properly monitoring borders and ending the free movement rules which have been exploited by terrorists in the past.
"But the real sting in the tail is that British taxpayers will be asked to stump up the money to help fund this new private army, despite voting to leave the EU over 18-months ago.
"The fact is, the sooner we are out of the European Union and can stop wasting the British people's money on these crazy pet projects, the better."
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