Migration and the acceptance of asylum seekers has fast become a battleground between the U.K. and European Union, as relations between the two parties deteriorate just days after a general election.
Tensions were heightened after the U.K.'s center-right Conservative Party was re-elected to government in a general election last week. The party's leader and U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, has promised to hold a referendum on membership of the EU by 2017, making a potential "Brexit" – or British exit from the EU – a sore point in cross-Channel relations.
The governor of the Bank of England said on Thursday that the government should act with "appropriate speed" in holding the referendum, according to the Financial Times newspaper, due to concerns about the business uncertainty that the impending vote could cause. (Tweet This)
On Wednesday, the EU's executive arm unveiled proposals suggesting that some member states – including the U.K. – will have to take in more migrants looking for asylum in Europe.