No tie, blue trainers… Keir Starmer keeps it casual as he arrives in Rotterdam to discuss Labour’s migration policies with the EU
- At his side, Yvette Cooper who looked serious in a smart jumpsuit and jacket
But his outfit did not match his demeanour as the Labour leader dressed down in an unbuttoned shirt, jeans and blue Adidas trainers.
At his side was Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper who looked serious in a smart jumpsuit and jacket.
The Europol headquarters in The Hague was the latest stop in a round of appearances that is expected to see Sir Keir meet French president Emmanuel Macron next week, as well as Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, as he seeks to promote a statesmanlike image.
Sir Keir Starmer’s outfit did not match his demeanour as the Labour leader dressed down in an unbuttoned shirt, jeans and blue Adidas trainers as he left Rotterdam airport
At his side was Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper who looked serious in a smart jumpsuit and jacket
The German interior ministry said it would ‘postpone until further notice’ its participation in the EU ‘burden sharing’ scheme that was meant to ease the pressure on countries such as Italy and Greece.
A spokesman said Germany was already facing ‘major challenges’ in dealing with the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country.
The move is a fresh blow to the EU’s efforts to relieve pressure on Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, which receive most of the asylum seekers arriving in the EU.
And Berlin’s decision to withdraw from ‘burden sharing’ undermines Sir Keir’s immigration plan as it shows how badly the EU itself remains divided over the scheme.
Although Sir Keir has said Labour is willing to discuss ‘burden sharing’ with the EU, several EU countries are already resisting it, including Poland, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Latvia and Slovakia.
The pair’s visit came as Germany pulled out of an EU migrant resettlement scheme that was meant to see it take thousands of asylum seekers from Italy this year
Berlin voiced concern that Italy was no longer accepting the return of asylum seekers who land on its shores and then travel on to Germany, which it is meant to under EU rules.
More than 8,000 migrants arrived in Italy in three days, prompting deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini to describe the influx as an ‘act of war’.
Mr Salvini said Italy was facing an unprecedented influx. So far this year, 124,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in the country – up from 65,000 in the same period last year.