The EU is proposing to add fingerprints to ID cards

A proposal from the European Commission has called for the mandatory inclusion of biometrics (two fingerprints and a facial image) in all EU Member States’ identity cards.

Although the EU is not per se proposing ID cards in the UK, they could still be theoretically be forced through as a transition obligation and furthermore, as “third country nationals”, UK nationals visiting France, Spain, Rep. Ireland etc. might in time face being fingerprinted and thus  become part of a Big Brother centralised EU database.

Statewatch, an organisation set up to monitor civil liberties in Europe, does not mince its words  . This proposal by the EU will go down like a lead balloon with the more civil liberties- minded people who might have voted Remain,  particularly some idealistic young people.

ID cards are not compulsory across the EU, although ominously only Denmark and the UK do not have them. Readers might recall from last month’s Resistance   how the EU might be tempted by compulsory ID cards. The claim that ID cards including this biometric information will make freedom of movement easier has to be treated with scepticism.

Over the years Statewatch has provided evidence for the EU’s wish to control ever more of our lives and with it, to intrude increasingly into our privacy  The British people’s decision to leave the EU nearly two years ago may have come at just the right time

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12 comments

    • StevenReply

      If the EU was seriously scaled back and was nothing more than a military union between European countries with the aim of preventing another European civil war then I may be in favour of being a member but instead it has become an organisation which wants to destroy Europe rather than help it. The EU is a threat to European civilisation thus it needs to go.

    • StevenReply

      If the EU was wise it would peacefully dismantle the Euro as it can’t work without much tighter integration and the Euro affects the subject of the economy which is normally one of the main issues at election times. The EU is either a pretty loose union or it will implode eventually.

    • StevenReply

      The EU may implode in a nasty and uncontrolled fashion which wouldn’t be to our country’s benefit. We should wish it good health not just for the peoples it governs but in our national interests too. I, for one, wouldn’t like to see it fall apart if that meant the French, Germans, Spanish, Greeks etc come to harm.

    • StevenReply

      We need to remember that Britain is still a European country (albeit it is one that, like Iceland, is off the coast of continental Europe) and we are a part of European civilisation. We’re still a part of the greater European family. This being the case we should wish our friends on the Continent well and hope no harm comes to them in the future.

  1. StevenReply

    We need to have id cards in this country in order to get a grip on the massive problem we have with illegal migration though I am wary about their use seeing as the manic globalists of Labour/Lib Dem and CONServative wouldn’t use them for that purpose but to increase their PC spying on the British people and a tyrannical method of shutting-up un-PC dissidents like Tommy Robinson for instance. Unfortunately, their anti-British authoritarianism knows no reasonable limits.

  2. ThomasReply

    As Boris Johnson says, we’re leaving the EU but not Europe. Nigel Lawson makes the same point that he loves European culture, but that the EU is not the same as Europe. Though I wish all the best to the continentals, I do hope they can discover our new found freedom eventually. Macron admits France would vote to leave the EU, 67% of Germans want a complete ban on immigration which is not possible under EU law, Italy’s dissatisfaction is already evident, and the Eastern European nations also have a few Eurosceptic governments. All these countries feel just as strongly about the preservation of their national identity as we do. It would be good to go back to a Europe of sovereign, independant nations with a network of free trade agreements between them.

  3. Phil JonesReply

    Obviously something that in time could be shoved down our throats in our ‘UK passports’ — which are essentially EU passports with the name of the EU province identified on their second line. How would US passports read in a similar scheme?

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    FLORIDA IDAHO OHIO

    I pass through Passport Control at Heathrow and Gatwick quite often. Lately each time I’ve passed through I’ve asked one of the attendants there why the hanging signage says ‘EU or UK passports’. I make the point that the UK passport is an EU passport and that there no longer is any such animal as a UK passport. It’s an EU(UK) passport. It’s not a case of ‘EITHER OR’. And I always get the sheepish answer that they aren’t sure why the signage says what it does. One said that he thought it was political expediency of the Government giving Brits the illusion that they still live in a separate independent country — which of course is exactly the case.

    Thankfully my EU(UK) passport expires in a few months and will be renewed sans fingerprint and face data before the EU can implement changes. And just as soon as UK passports return in a few years I shall be first in line applying for one.

  4. Phil JonesReply

    All the spacing got omitted and condensed on my last post! What was intended was:

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    ———–FLORIDA

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    ———–IDAHO

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    ———–OHIO

  5. ThomasReply

    I can’t believe our new passports are to be made by the EU. Free trade is a good thing, but this is ridiculous. Passports are so important for a nation’s identity. All we want are British passports made by a British company – is this so much to ask?

    • StevenReply

      Sadly, it is in Tory world. One of my main concerns with Brexit was and remains that those who advocate it (mainly Tory politicians) is that they think ‘globalisation on steroids’ is something to be applauded. I think our country could do with LESS globalisation NOT more of it! They have a fetish for free trade which is ludicrous and need to be told that free trade is NOT a panacea for any country (capitalism has NO inherent loyalty to any country or people) and the last time Britain really benefited from it was when we were ‘top of the pile’ economically-speaking around the turn of the last century! I have a feeling your average Leave voter in places like Sunderland WASN’T thinking ‘shall I vote Leave so Liam Fox can sign loads of trade deals with Brazil etc?’

  6. ThomasReply

    That isn’t entirely accurate. A lot of the uproar against EU-produced UK passports came from the Tories (I speak as one of them), Jacob Rees-Mogg being one obvious example. The problem isn’t free trade, it’s a pro-European bias within the Conservative Government that isn’t shared by the rank-and-file. It reminds me of the conflict between Michael Hesiltine and Margaret Thatcher over who to award the contract for the construction of our military helicopters. Free trade is much better than protectionism. If a government bails out an ineffiecient industry instead of trading with other nations, prices are going to rise for the consumer. Protectionism always benefits the producer over the consumer; ironically, it benefits the few, not the many. Without free trade, we would return to being the “sick man of Europe”, and life for the average working class family would get much harder as many of them rely on supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl that import continental food cheaply. We shouldn’t sacrifice welfare for larger industries; the economy is there to serve the people, not the other way around.

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