This article from the Guardian about the ‘Rush for dual-nationality passports as EU migrants fear Brexit’ has been doing the rounds in expat land this past week. I can’t say I blame them for being concerned in such an event because, from the outside looking in, who knows quite where the current tide of jingoism is leading?
When David Cameron describes the relatively small number of migrants attempting to get into Britain as a ‘swarm’ you know that the current British political scene has become devoid of any true humanity. The migrant ‘situation’ has become all consuming. It’s a ‘headline grabber’. It deflects from domestic policy, and on the face of it it has become THE issue with Europe. It’s the one issue the Euro sceptics can use to manipulate the opinions of the ‘masses’. We simply blame France for not protecting ‘us’ from the ‘swarm’ of people fleeing war zones in fear of their lives trying to get into ‘our’ country.
It’s almost exactly the same here with Gibraltar. While the PP are getting away with gagging the opposition (and everyone else) they use Gibraltar to show how tough they are with Johnny (or should that be Juan) Foreigner.
A bit of jingoism never did anyone any harm. After all, it worked for the big guy back in the 1930’s, Oh, hang on, that didn’t end well did it….?
It’s simply distraction politics. Or, as Derren Brown would describe it, misdirection!
So, all that said, how does this affect us should the (ever so trendy Brexit) happen?
A year ago I’d have said that it would never happen. It doesn’t make any sense and surely people would get it. Now I’m not so sure, these voters are the same voters who gave David Cameron free rein to steal from the poor and give to the rich, to let the corporate giants get away with paying their taxes, and to continue to makethe bankers who f****d us all over in the first place even richer. In short, in swinging so far right that it could be argued that the Tory party is verging on a twenty first century version of fascism. These are also people who voted for Ukip, read the Daily Mail (whose owners neither live or pay taxes in the UK). These are the people who are driven by ridiculous nationalism and work themselves into some form of religious fervour every time Europe or bloody foreigners are mentioned. These are the people who lack common sense, and more importantly lack compassion!
As you probably gathered, I’m pro-Europe and my political views sit somewhat left of centre (note understatement). But I’m not here to tell you how to think, or indeed how to vote on this. I’m just asking you to apply a bit of common sense. This article is about getting across two simple things;
- Please, please, please don’t get suckered into the ‘bloody foreigners’ thing being the one issue here. It’s not! Read up on some actual facts! Then read some more facts. Do your homework and understand what you are actually voting for
- Make sure as an expat (there are 2.2 million of us in EU countries) you use your vote
Whatever your political views, even if you are a Daly Mail reading neo-fascist, you can be pretty sure if Farage and his half-witted ex-BNP cronies get their way it will not be good for us. I’m even appealing to the total f*****g morons who don’t understand the irony of the statement “I moved to Spain because England is full of bloody foreigners”. Yes, that is a real ‘thing’, we’ve heard and read it more than once!
I wouldn’t normally use this phrase. But, when the time comes, please vote selfishly!
The expat ‘in’ vote is possibly important enough to swing the whole thing.
There are roughly around a million of us Brits in Spain. So far the speculation has been about the UK, but lets have a think how it relates to those of us who chose to leave the motherland.
This is of course personal opinion, guess work and more than a little tongue in cheek.
- If Britain gets really arsey and kicks all those ‘bloody foreigners’ out, Spain, France and the others may respond in kind. Thus resulting in a shortage of doctors and a very large dole queue in the UK! Unlikely.
- More likely might be some more running around to various Police stations to gather new rubber stamps, for those of us who are here legally and paying taxes
- Those of you living in the darkness of the black economy, it would seem you are tolerated as is, but a Brexit might result in you being put on a boat ‘home’. You’d better get yourself registered and legal if it comes, though you may already be too late if a time limit on living here legally is set
- Expect to wait hours at the airport when you’ve visited the UK, no EU members’ gate for you any more
- Expect a LOT more hassle, questions and searches at any border
- Planning to move to Spain in the future? Forget it. If you aren’t already here it’s possible you may not be able to due to new legal barriers or practicalities
- Expect to pay more for your much loved British tea bags and everything else, the import taxes would be highly likely to rise
- The Guardia Civil might get even more strict about your UK driving licence, and I wouldn’t be driving round in Brit registered car – you might as well put a target on your back
- Tourists may need an entry visa in future
- If you live in Spain and work in Gibraltar, better move to the rock. Tough as it is now, a border closure might be imminent
- Even worse, English breakfast may be banned…!
What do you think might happen?