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The Conservatives want to be seen to have regained control of immigration - this is said to be May's personal bottom line.

Brexit means Little-Englandness. A part of this -- by no means all of it -- is being, at a minimum, suspicious of foreigners.

It's not a new observation that being an island nation is a defining characteristic. If you live anywhere near a land border, intuitively you know that there's nothing all that extraordinary about being a foreigner.

I fear that most of those who voted Brexit don't like the Irish, nor even the Scots or the Welsh, come to that. Perhaps it will do the English psyche good to establish some land borders in Great Britain.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 11:09:35 AM EST
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I don't think the average voter thought much about the implications of Brexit at all. Some Expat Brits here in Spain are still getting responses from friends and relative who voted leave like "oh, so does Brexit effect you?" !!!

Those Brits who were/are against Brexit are doing their nut here because they don't know the implications for public health benefits or the Sterling exchange rate. Most are on pensions and don't have a lot to spare and couldn't afford to move back.

A lot also don't have Spanish residency even though they have lived here for years. So they don't know the implications of becoming tax resident, or how Brexit might effect non-resident property taxes.

Of course some also voted for Brexit because there are "too many immigrants in the UK" - read brown people in England. They see themselves as expats, not immigrants to Spain. The difference is apparently a matter of skin colour, because few of them work in Spain. They have my sympathies. NOT.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 09:01:40 PM EST
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I've wrtten before that it is impossible to know if Theresa May is  racist but, given the policy choices she has pursued most vigorously over her years in office as Home Secretary and Prime minister, it would be hard to deny that she is happy to be seen as one.

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 12th, 2018 at 10:04:20 PM EST
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Xenophobic at best. But its some trick to blame the EU for Commonwealth immigration.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 13th, 2018 at 12:04:03 AM EST
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