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Belgium: Cameron says UK can 'opt out' of European asylum agreement02:21

Belgium: Cameron says UK can 'opt out' of European asylum agreement

Belgium, Brussels
March 7, 2016 at 12:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Union officials and politicians arrived for a special summit to discuss the refugee crisis with Turkish leaders, at the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels on Monday.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the press on his arrival, indicating that the UK would be able to refuse European-wide asylum measures. He said, “Well we have an absolutely, rock-solid opt-out from these things. So 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.”

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stressed the need for a European “system of resettlement” for refugees displaced by the war in Syria. Hollande also acknowledged the importance of securing the sea borders between Turkey and Greece.

The EU leaders and Turkish delegation are due to discuss the progress of a €3 billion ($3.20 billion) aid deal signed in November 2015 between the parties, in exchange for Ankara restricting the number of refugees crossing into Greece from Turkey.

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European Union officials and politicians arrived for a special summit to discuss the refugee crisis with Turkish leaders, at the headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels on Monday.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the press on his arrival, indicating that the UK would be able to refuse European-wide asylum measures. He said, “Well we have an absolutely, rock-solid opt-out from these things. So 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.”

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande stressed the need for a European “system of resettlement” for refugees displaced by the war in Syria. Hollande also acknowledged the importance of securing the sea borders between Turkey and Greece.

The EU leaders and Turkish delegation are due to discuss the progress of a €3 billion ($3.20 billion) aid deal signed in November 2015 between the parties, in exchange for Ankara restricting the number of refugees crossing into Greece from Turkey.

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