Migration Watch UK is an independent, voluntary, non political body which is concerned about the present scale of immigration into Britain. They have launched a petition, the aim of which is to force a debate in the House of Commons about the shocking levels of immigration into this country that I highlighted a couple of articles back.
100,000 signatures are required for an e-petition to be sent to a Back Bench Committee to be considered for a debate in Parliament. This was how the European Union Referendum debate came about last week. This caused massive popular interest in the issue of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Clearly this is a tool which can be used to raise matters of great popular concern, if done the right way by adopting a sensible moderate approach.
This is the press release Migration Watch UK sent out yesterday to announce their petition:
Migration Watch UK have today launched an e-petition calling on the government to stabilise the population of the UK and, certainly, to keep it well below 70 million.
The new official population projections issued last week show our population hitting 70 million in 16 years. This is on the assumption that net immigration will continue at 200,000 a year compared to almost 240,000 last year. The UK population was last estimated in 2010 at 62.3 million.
This population increase of more than 7 million is the equivalent of building seven cities the size of Birmingham or fourteen the size of Manchester or Bristol and about two thirds of it (just over 5 million) will be due to future immigration. Immigration will have to be sharply reduced to about 40,000 a year to stabilise our population.
Commenting, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said ‘Labour permitted foreign immigration of over three million in the face of strongly opposed public opinion. Politicians need reminding that this is an issue that is consistently one of the top concerns of voters and that it must be addressed, and soon. It is time to stop listening to those who support and, often, make money from the immigration ‘industry’ and consider the views of the people most directly affected. This, at last, is an opportunity for the man in the street to make his views heard where it counts.’
To sign the petition click on this link:
The actual petition is worded as follows:
Over the past ten years the government has permitted mass immigration despite very strong public opposition reflected in numerous opinion polls. We express our deep concern that, according to official figures, the population of the UK is expected to reach 70 million within 20 years with two thirds of the increase due to immigration. While we recognise the benefits that properly controlled immigration could bring to our economy and society, this population increase, which is the equivalent of building seven cities the size of Birmingham, will have a huge impact both on our quality of life and on our public services yet the public has never been consulted. So we call on the government to take all necessary steps to get immigration down to a level that will stabilise our population as close to the present level as possible and, certainly, well below 70 million.
As I write this, already well over 31,000 people have signed and the petition was only launched yesterday! Every time I look at the figures, they shoot up!
I urge you to sign and make Parliament debate this issue!
Migration Watch UK is an independent think tank that receives no state funding whatsoever. It is run on a shoestring budget based on private donations. Its chairman is Sir Andrew Green, a former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the Vice Chairman is Mr Alp Mehmet, MVO, a former Ambassador to Iceland. Their Advisory Council comprises people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
They are not against all immigration and accept that genuine refugees should be welcomed, although acknowledgesthat these are very small in number. As indicated by the composition of their Advisory Council, they are not hostile towards the long-settled immigrant communities and accept that some inward migration, perhaps to solve skills shortages, can be beneficial.
Their interesting website can be found here:
The Daily Mail has enthusiastically supported this petition as seen here:
As has The Sun:
The Telegraph has also given tacit support:
The petition is enthusiastically supported by maverick Labour MP Frank Field who over the years has had many interesting things to say. During the EU referendum debate he made a striking intervention speaking about the rise of English national feeling.
This is a fine illustration of what could be done by a sensible, moderate national movement – one that did not alienate the rest of society by its actions.
Here is the link again to sign: