“There’s no way Britain could accept that] the most vital economic forces of this country should be handed over to an authority that is utterly undemocratic and is responsible to nobody.”
– British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in response to the Schuman Plan 1950.
“It’s always tease tease tease
You’re happy when I’m on my knees
One day is fine and next is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on an’ let me know
Should I Stay or should I go?”
– “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?”, The Clash, 1982.
On June 23, the UK will have to make the most momentous decision on its sovereignty and identity for many decades. And on June 23rd, only two choices will be present: either we vote to remain in the EU, which means continuing to have no control over our immigration system or our affairs in general; or we vote to leave, and take back control over migration, our economics, and legal processes amongst many others. Migration is one of the primary concerns, and while Britain has a long and proud record of welcoming migrants, the impact of uncontrolled immigration from the EU has placed new and unsustainable pressures on our country.
British families see in their daily lives the impact that the loss of control over our borders has placed on the services that they rely on. Schools, hospitals, public transport and housing are all struggling to cope with the growing demands placed upon them by immigration. And such dramatic pressures show no signs of abating. As long as Britain remains a member of the EU we are powerless to act. For the millions of Britons who feel the consequences every day, this rate of growth cannot continue. But bureaucrats in Brussels and the leaders of the Remain campaign don’t seem to mind – their lifestyles insulate them from this impact.
And when Remain campaigners talk about the economy, they don’t think about working people’s personal finances – it’s the potential hit to their pay packets; indeed, it’s shameful that those leading the pro-EU campaign fail to care for those who do not have their advantages. Their narrow self interest fails to pay due regard to the interests of the wider public.
It is time for a fresh approach. If Britain votes to leave the EU, a new system can be bought in that will win back the confidence of the British people.
There are examples of effective governance territorially. Like Australia, a country that depends on migrants. It is, after all, a nation built by them. A vast and, for so long, under populated country, Australia has seen more than 7.5 million people arrive on its shores to settle since 1945, and which makes it decidedly odd that it has gained a reputation in liberal circles as a cold-hearted, uncaring nation that turns away needy migrants and refuses them sanctuary.
Australia has, for many years, operated a points-based system of migration – in fact, it is precisely because Australia has taken in so many that it knows how best to cope with them. It realises that any country serious about immigration needs an effective, robust approach, so that it can choose the most suitable people and reject those who will not contribute — excepting, of course, genuine refugees who are in real need of asylum. The result? Australia, regarded as one of the most desirable first-world countries to migrate to, is now very choosy about who it allows in.
And that’s what makes the difference.
Australia’s approach is certainly tough. So tough that migrants seeking asylum have been rejected while still on Australian Navy ships after their boats were intercepted. In one case, 46 Vietnamese asylum-seekers were refused entry and sent back before they got anywhere near the Australian coast. Yet human rights groups and many on the Left deeply object to the policy, arguing that it only worsens the plight of refugees.
But whatever its moral rights or wrongs, there is no denying it has saved lives. People-smugglers have realised that, as far as Australia is concerned, the game is up. And the enforcement of the points system for entry means word has spread that making it to Australia is no guarantee of being able to settle there.
This country desperately needs to disregard the whining of the elite and politically correct Remain lobby, and reclaim control. Beginning with efficient policing of our borders. If not, as illegal migrants start appearing on Kent beaches in small boats in increasing numbers, not to do so will be a costly lesson the British authorities (and people) will learn to their peril.
What will you be doing on June 23rd? It’s your call.