"It is nation states and not EU agencies which should control and patrol national borders. Frontex is an affront to British freedom. This latest move is simply a power grab by the EU to give Frontex more money, personnel and powers. This vote gives the wrong powers to the wrong people."
Speaking in the Chamber of the European Parliament in Strasbourg this morning, Mr Batten, UKIP MEP for London added:
"It seeks to change the legal basis on which Frontex operates and give them more so-called competences. It will for example give Frontex the ability to co-operate with third party countries on behalf of the EU.
"This proposal is another way of increasing the power and dominion of the European Union over its member states."
This power grab must also be seen in the light of what Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom herself had reminded us on BBC last month while speaking about the flow of migrants in the Mediterranean:
"Frontex is not there to push back people" but to assist and facilitate the asylum process... and again, "Frontex is not there to hinder people from coming..."