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Thoughts on Brexit

June 22, 2016

Wannabee Anglican has already done a rather good post on his thoughts about the upcoming British vote on “Brexit” in his post here.  I will join him in advocating that the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union on June 23, and here are my thoughts on that:

It seems to me that the major issue of today is what is taking place in Europe now with the mass immigration of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East.  I do not see this as being sustainable simply due to the sheer numbers that are seeking to enter the nations of Western Europe, including the United Kingdom.  Where will jobs be found for all of these people?  Can this multitude be successfully acculturated and made part of the existing society?  For that matter, how many of them are true refugees from war, and how many are simply seeking better economic outcomes for themselves?  It seems to me that a distinction must be made between true refugees in need of asylum from war-torn areas and migrants who are seeking better fortunes for themselves.

Consequently, I would adopt a three-fold plan:

1) Leave the European Union;

2) Enforce a strict policy of deportation of illegal immigrants, and

3) Trim any welfare benefits that might possibly be paid to immigrants.

My first proposal might not necessarily be self-evident, but to me it seems that Britain needs freedom from interference to be able to chart its course in these turbulent times.  I think the European Union centralized government is increasingly likely to interfere with the British government’s ability to do what it deems best for Britain.  An example of this would be the insistence of some in Brussels that each country of the European Union must accept some quota or some number of the immigrants, whether or not that country wants any immigrants.  For Britain to be able to make the decisions that are best for Britain, I think the United Kingdom must leave the European Union.

Second, there is a saying that one cannot have both a welfare state and open borders.  If a country in the European Union has higher welfare benefits than others, it will inevitably attract some legal immigration because of that.  In addition, though, it is quite likely that some illegal immigration will ensue as well.  Thus my second and third points actually intertwine with the first: if Britain leaves the EU, it will be freer to restrict inflows of immigration even from the EU itself, and that in turn will ease the strain of immigration on the welfare system.  Then, if a policy of strict deportation of illegal immigrants is adopted (for example, like Australia’s) and welfare is limited for even legal immigrants (for example, no welfare for the first five years in the country), the numbers trying to get into Britain should be substantially reduced and the United Kingdom should be able to successfully assimilate those who do come in as immigrants. In this way the immigrants who then come in should be able to have good lives and contribute to the betterment of the United Kingdom.

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