I want my country back! Personal thoughts on the EU Referendum

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Dr Burnley's Third Eye

I want my country back. It’s a refrain we’ve heard a lot in the last 5-10 years. It’s generally a call to restore some sense of what being British really means, of what Britain should feel like, and the people Britain should be composed of.  What has made this refrain so commonplace is the sense that Britain has lost its sense of identity to an influx of immigrants from the EU and elsewhere.  If only we could get shot of that damned institution we’d be able to get our country back.

My father-in-law is an ex-pat who lives in France and drives around in a French car. Every once in a while he drives over to see us.  On one such occasion he drove it to a local supermarket in Strood, Kent.  At a set of traffic lights he stopped, and a man ventured towards his car, as if he…

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7 Responses to “I want my country back! Personal thoughts on the EU Referendum”

  1. “With Brexit now a distinct possibility, one colleague, a Dutch national, is virtually resigned to returning to the Netherlands if it occurs because Dutch citizens are not allowed to adopt dual nationality. To continue to work in the UK post-Brexit would require a work permit of some kind, and all of the hassle and uncertainty that goes along with it. Others have cited likely restrictions on work and travel for them and their family members as reasons to leave.”

    To be fair, this is mainly a Dutch problem. The UK has had a rather liberal dual-citizenship policy for a while. In many EU countries where it is usually required to give up previous citizenship upon immigration (such as Germany), for several years now it has been allowed to keep the former citizenship provided that it is from another EU country. The Netherlands are particularly strict, however. While it is possible to retain Dutch citizenship after accepting that of another EU country, it is possible only in some special circumstances (married to a national of the new citizenship, having been born in the country of new citizenship, having lived there continuously for a long time). Whatever one thinks of Brexit, it seems that the person involved could adopt UK citizenship, and would even do so in the case of a Brexit if possible; the problems listed are solely the result of the Netherlands being stricter than most other EU countries in this regard.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    I want Westminster supremacy back. That’s all. It’s not a perfect democratic system (Phillip) and nobody ever said that democracy is perfect (just generally better than the alternatives) but that’s what I want back. The issues for Britain that Mark Burnley raises can then be determined by the people of Britain, as they should be.

    • telescoper Says:

      Doesn’t the very fact that Parliament can vote to leave the EU demonstrate that we have sovereignty anyway?

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Sovereignty is best defined via how the laws are determined.

      • telescoper Says:

        There are 825 unelected lawmakers in the UK Parliament. They’re called the House of Lords.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        And they are all at Westminster not the European Commission. If the British people wish to reform Westminster then that is a separate argument.

      • It is indeed a separate argument. Still, there is a certain irony in the fact that many who (rightly) criticize the EU for not being democratic enough (though since that usually entails the right of parliament to collect taxes, more democracy would mean more taxes, or at least shifting responsibility to the EU for collecting them) are not proposing to abolish the House of Lords for being undemocratic (nor for any other reason).

        I do think that this is the sort of issue which should be decided by a referendum, which is unfortunately not possible in all countries.

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