David Cameron has defended plans to close Britain’s borders to Greeks fleeing their country’s economic problems, saying he would do anything necessary to protect the United Kingdom.
He was speaking after Theresa May was accused of stoking racial tensions and even risking Britons’ Greek summer holidays after she used an interview with the Daily Telegraph to announce emergency immigration controls in the event of the failure of the euro.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, appeared to back away from the proposal, saying that the Government was merely “monitoring the situation”.
Appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee, Mr Cameron was asked which version was correct – and he backed Mrs May.
“We obviously have contingency plans for all sorts of eventualities – that is the right thing to do for any government,” he said.
“The legal position is that if there are extraordinary stresses and strains it is possible to take action to restrict migratory flows, but obviously we hope that doesn’t happen.