My answer to What do people in Britain mean when they say "I want my country back"?
Answer by Desmond Last:
What the people of the U.K want back is the decision-making process. They want to decide the size and lifestyle of the United Kingdom not allow the EU Superstate to mandate it.
The United Kingdom's cultural make-up is often compared to the U.S.A or Australia. But Comparing the multi-racialism of America and Australia to gauge racism, xenophobia, or bigotry of the people of the United Kingdom is not a like for like comparison.
Australia and America began their Nations on the basis of being open to all cultures – admittedly Australia began as a British Penal Colony. But even in those early days French convicts were settled in France Bay Sydney.
In the U.K It was not until the end of WW2 that large numbers of immigrants were invited to the U.K. The level of migration was controlled and from mostly Commonwealth Countries . Tony Blair the U.K Prime Minister opened the floodgates to Europe in 2001 and an almost forced assimilation began.
I left the U.K to emigrate to Australia in 1989. I arrived back in 2013 a very different country. I am about to return to Australia.
This is my view. I have found a country that is no longer a Nation. It has lost its sense of identity and the divide between the ‘I am I haves’ and the People of the U.k is greater than ever.
The people have been overwhelmed by over 2 million European migrants in a very short space of time. This is in addition to Commonwealth and other migrants .
This has put huge pressures on Infrastructure and Support Services. Being English they have also adapted the rules of cricket to EU rules and regulations. Which has seen an almost ‘Alice in Wonderland’ approach to Health and Safety with its consequent cost, particularly to small business..
There is a deeper concern. The U.K now has 2 million people who are not U.K citizens and do not take an active participation in the rights and democracy of the U. K. This reduces the ‘responsibility’ of Government.
The EU migration to the U.K has made it easy for incompetent Governments to exist. Why spend money to train your own citizens when you can use somebody else’s. Why worry about rising wages when you have an oversupply of complaint labor?
In Australia you see the cultures but you are not aware of being swamped. Each culture has its one area – but they have the room to create cultural enclaves. The U.K does not. In Sydney Lakemba is Middle East, Bondi Beach is English, Campsie is Korean, Burwood is Greek etc. Cultural enclaves in the U.K have swamped the U.K culture in a very short time. It has nothing to do with racism when a U.K citizen wants to enjoy his or her own culture.
If the U.K was the size of the U.SA. or Australia there would be little protest. The U.K is running out of room.
In fact it is amazing that the U.K have been so ready to accept such a massive change to their cultural makeup. The reason being is that until now the social and economic systems could accept 2 million extra people. But now they have reached saturation point.
It has got nothing to do with racism – it is to do with there not being enough resources to manage a continual influx and its effect on their own cultures.
There is nothing wrong with flying the Union Jack it is who we are.
What the people of the U.K want back is the decision-making process. They want to decide the size and lifestyle of the United Kingdom not the EU Superstate.