People Are Already Hijacking The Brussels Attacks To Score Political Points

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Ukip MEP Mike Hookem delivers his speech on defence during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014. See PA story POLITICS UKIP Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Pro-Brexit campaigners have wasted no time in criticising the EU’s open border policy following the Brussels attacks this morning.

After seizing on today’s attacks, which have killed at least 23 people according to reports, the pro-Brexit pundist and UKIP politicians claimed the bombings prove Britain should leave the EU.

Mike Hookem, UKIP’s defence spokesman, said the bombings at Zaventem airport and the Maelbeek metro station highlighted that the Schengen area, the EU’s free movement zone, was ‘putting the lives of European citizens at risk,’ the Independent reports.

Hookem issued a press release just two and a half hours after first reports of an explosion in Brussels emerged.

He said:

This horrific act of terrorism shows that Schengen free movement and lax border controls are a threat to our security.

There are 94 returned jihadists currently living in Molenbeek, Brussels. This fact alone should alert people to the fact that open borders are putting the lives of European citizens at risk.

And newspaper columnist Allison Pearson was branded ‘vile’ after tweeting:

Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we’re safer in the EU! #Brexit

Unsurprisingly, her comments were immediately slammed on Twitter.

Shadow House of Commons leader Chris Bryant also attacked Pearson saying her comment was ‘truly vile’.

And it gets worse. Possibly the most disgusting comment came from UKIP supporter and all round shitty human being Katie Hopkins.

On Twitter, Hopkins went as far to say that everyone who welcomed the Syrian refugees are responsible for the attacks on Brussels.

Then, of course, Donald Trump decided to pipe up on Twitter to push his agenda too:

Trying to score political points from a terrorist attack is atrocious at any time, never mind the fact that it happened mere hours ago.

I think I speak for many of us when I say that these comments are absolutely appalling.


The Mirror