Labour Party: Borders Between Nations Will Become ‘Irrelevant’ This Century

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow chancellor John McDonnell
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Labour’s hard left Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has reasserted his belief that a borderless world is inevitable, claiming open borders would become a reality this century as some people are “ignoring” them already.

Mr. McDonnell gave a speech in 2013 in which he suggested borders could become a thing of the past. Asked to elaborate on this theory on BBC Sunday Politics this weekend, he said:

“Inevitably in this century we will have open borders. We are seeing it in Europe already. The movement of peoples across the globe will mean that borders are almost going to become irrelevant by the end of this century so we should be preparing for that and explaining why people move.”

He appeared to suggest that attempting to stop people walking into Europe was futile, and argued that the migrant flow could only be reduced by stopping wars in the Middle East.

“In that way we can deal with the reality of the world which means that people aren’t forced to move but there will be movement,” he added.

When asked if he believed whether there would totally open borders without controls one day, he replied: “I think at the end of this century, that’s what will occur. We are seeing people ignoring borders already as they fly from Syria.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a close ally of Mr. McDonnell, recently visited an illegal migrant camp in Northern France.

He was show around by an open borders activists, praised Germany’s open door policy and called on the United Kingdom to “be part of bringing European support”.

“What I’m trying to achieve here is to understand the nature of the refugee crisis that’s facing the whole of Europe. Ultimately we deal with the situation by dealing with the problem at its source, which are the wars and conflicts”, he said.

Later, Mr. Corbyn said that all of the children, and potentially all of the adult, migrants waiting to break into Britain in camps in Northern France should be allowed in.


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