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Brits Like the EU. Immigration, Not So Much

British frustration with the European Union focuses on one particular issue, Politico EU reports:

Intriguing new research, which claims to be the most in-depth study of what the British want from Brexit, reveals that most Brits — even those who voted Leave — would like to keep the benefits of being in the EU, but not the immigration, thank you very much.

The findings, from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) think tank, are in part a vindication of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. From the off, she made control of immigration her primary red line. That’s an approach that chimes with the British people. A resounding 68 percent want Brexit to mean that EU migrants are treated the same as non-EU migrants — in other words, an end to freedom of movement.

Interestingly, that includes 54 percent of Remain voters.

This data greatly complicates the “Bregret” narrative, which still bubbles to some people’s lips when you start discussing Brexit with them today. And with a recent poll showing that most Europeans favor major restrictions on Muslim immigration, Brussels can’t ignore the immigration elephant in the room.

The economic crisis wasn’t enough to pull apart the EU. Allowing continued mass demographic upheaval, however, could well do the trick.

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  • Beauceron

    Has there been any Western country whose citizens have supported mass immigration over the past 30 years?

    The elites just ignore the will of their citizens, or demonize them as xenophobes or racists.

    • FriendlyGoat

      Don’t forget that “will” of the citizens was 52/48 in Britain and even less here.

      • Beauceron

        I won’t forget not to conflate immigration policy with Brexit.

  • Proverbs1618

    Given today’s events in London, this post is really topical

    • Joey Junger

      Given the fact that these attacks are going to keep happening, I hazard the post should remain topical.

      • Proverbs1618

        I mean, feral Muslims have been attacking people since the beginning of Islam. Why would it stop today?

  • Observe&Report

    Wanting to keep the benefits of EU membership (namely, relatively free trade) does not mean that the British like the EU.

    The title of this post is misleading.

  • Charles Martel

    Erdogan threatens that Europe won’t be safe walking down their own streets… they would be perfectly safe had they never admitted large numbers of Turks and other Muslims.

  • D4x

    UK population diversity was already much greater than most of the EU due to immigration from the former British Empire turned Commonwealth, before the UK joined the EEC in 1973. Those migrants also most likely spoke English. Did NatCen factor that into the questions or conclusions?

  • Joey Junger

    How is this “intriguing” rather than obvious? People support things that are beneficial to them and reject things which are detrimental. The truth is that the Davoisie know very well that working and middle-class Europeans don’t like immigration from the Middle East, and that is precisely why they support it. This is Feature or Bug time, and it’s obviously a feature of the system to use the rabble of the Third World to fracture the political will and social capital of disobedient citizens who won’t do as their managerial elite tell them to do. You know who takes orders pretty well, though, and doesn’t complain? Desperate people from war-torn countries.

    The EU leviathan keeps packaging poison in a chocolate coating, and each time the people reject it, they call the people idiots for refusing to savor the chocolate.

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