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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