Former Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier Urges the European Union to Suspend Immigration for 3 to 5 Years

Michel Barnier, a French politician who served as the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and as the European Union’s Brexit negotiator, has called for the EU to suspend immigration into EU member states for 3 to 5 years.

He believes that the EU’s weak immigration policies have left it vulnerable to criminals and terrorists. “I think we have to take the time for three or five years to suspend immigration,” Barnier told French media.

Barnier pointed to connections between immigration and “terrorist networks that infiltrate migrational flows” as part of his justification for his immigration moratorium proposal. He also called attention to human trafficking networks that a number of migrants exploit.

What is remarkable about Barnier’s comments is that he is no right-winger. As Paul Joseph Watson of Summit News observed, “Barrier is known as a centrist – even a globalist in some ways.” Nevertheless, he is reciting talking points typically associated with the populist Right. 

Barnier received inquiries about his comments and was pressed about them potentially contradicting his centrist image. To these questions, Barnier responded, “The problems of immigration are not moderate. I know, as the politician that I am, to see the problems how they are and how French people experience them and to find solutions.” Though Barnier stressed that these immigration controls will not affect refugees. 

Barnier’s statements were not made randomly. They came at a time when active military personnel and retired generals warned that French President Emmanuel Macron’s policies are putting the country on the road to civil war. One major concern was the rise in Islamist seperatism taking place within France, which is the product of the country’s lax migration policies. 

“A civil war is brewing in France and you know it perfectly well,” the military members declared. They stressed the need for the French government to act decisively to guarantee “the survival of our country.”

Due to the large degree of migration from Islamic countries, France had witnessed ethno-sectarian ghettoization take place within its borders. The infamous no-go zones, where criminals and terrorists thrive and no normal Frenchman dares to enter, have dotted French urban centers and are a lurid illustration of the perils of multiculturalism.

Barnier has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge Macron. In this same election, Macron will square off against right-wing populist candidate Marine Le Pen.

France could potentially witness a major populist upset in 2022 if it’s not able to keep immigration in check and maintain a semblance of public order.