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Committee: CONSILIUM

Country: United Kingdom

Delegate: Therese Ekfeldt

Topic A: European Border and Coast Guard

The free movement of persons represents a fundamental right for EU citizens according to Article 21 in the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). Further, the EU ensures the absence of integral border controls for persons, which in solidarity entails common policies between the Member States regarding asylum, immigration and external border control. However, the past recent years, the European Union has witnessed large migration flows putting a strain on the Unions ability to handle its external borders. The migration crisis hit its peak year in 2015 as Frontex estimated an overall of 1.8 million illegal crossings at the EU’s external borders in 2015 in contrast to 2014 when merely 280 000 crossed the European external border illegally. As a result of this, seven countries within the Schengen area (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Sweden) reinstated temporary border controls as a necessity to deal with the challenging situation.

On the 29th of March, the United Kingdom formally notified the European Council ...