UKIP MEP Raymond Finch speaks during the debate on summary expulsions from Spain, Strasbourg, 25.11.2014
• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 25 November 2014
• Raymond Finch MEP, UK Independence Party (South East), Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group - @raymondfinch
• Debate: Summary expulsions and the proposed legalisation of 'hot returns' in Spain Oral question - [2014/2959(RSP)]
- Birgit Sippel, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Cecilia Wikström, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Judith Sargentini, Josep-Maria Terricabras, Cornelia Ernst, Marina Albiol Guzmán, Laura Ferrara, Ignazio Corrao (O-000085/2014 - B8-0043/2014)
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group
The behaviour of Spanish authorities towards these desperate Africans is a reflection of the attitude of Madrid towards the rule of law.
We heard last week that the Catalan president is to be charged with the crime of "disobedience" because he held an unofficial referendum on Catalan independence. He may now face up to a year in prison and be banned from public office for ten years.
Does anyone in this chamber imagine that the Spanish officials who are breaking the law by throwing migrants back over the fence will ever be threatened with such a punishment as at year in prison? They will not be threatened with any punishment at all.
As for their transgressions against Gibraltarian sovereignty, I rest my case.