Europe's efforts to confront the migrant crisis in the region have been dubbed "a disaster" by the controversial leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).
Speaking to CNBC in Brussels on Friday, UKIP leader Nigel Farage told CNBC that yesterday's late-night discussions on how to tackle the growing numbers of migrants trying to reach Europe were "a disaster" for European officials, who wanted to see the responsibility for migrants shared among EU countries.
"(The talks were) a disaster for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker," Farage said.
"He has started to implement the EU's common asylum policy...and it's based on burden-sharing, which means that any migrants that arrive in Greece and Italy will be accepted there could then be shared out among the other countries in the EU -- but the message last night was clear that the answer (to that policy) from northern Europe was 'no'."
Farage said this showed there was no "collegiate spirit among the European Union at all" noting that there was a "north-south split over migration."
UKIP is one of a number of rightwing, anti-immigration parties on the rise in Europe where pockets of voters are reacting against a dramatic upswing in the number of migrants arriving, many due to conflicts and wars in their home countries, mainly in Africa and the Middle East.
Farage said that "all across northern Europe, electors are voting for parties who are saying 'we are not prepared to go on accepting limitless number of migrants and, frankly, I think Mr Juncker's common asylum policy is holed below the waterline."
Farage's comments come after fractious discussions between European leaders Thursday evening over how to handle over a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean where leaders found themselves sparring for seven hours about whether to take in 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean asylum seekers now in Italy and Greece and another 20,000 people currently outside the EU.