More than 100,000 Britons have eagerly signed an e-petition on the government’s website that says immigration to the sceptr’d isle must stop before the population reaches 70 million. And those 100,000, London's Daily Mail reported, signed the petition in less than a week.
According to Sir Andrew Green, a former ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia and chairman of Migration Watch UK, which created the appeal, the results mean that Parliament must, as a practical matter, now debate the country’s open-borders policy.
The petition, "No to 70 million," is clear in its appeal to the British public. “Over the past ten years the government has permitted mass immigration despite very strong public opposition reflected in numerous opinion polls,” the petition page says.
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.
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