Is the concept of the European Union seen as an act of privileging certain countries over other countries?
Usually, liberals or progressives in white-majority countries say that they're opposed to privileging white people over non-white people either directly or indirectly. However, most liberals are in favour of the European Union, which allows people from a set of predominantly-white countries easier access to the UK than other people.
A pro-leave voter described the EU as discriminatory in this article:
Non-EU citizens are discriminated against
I voted for a fair immigration policy. My wife is a non-EU citizen from Thailand and we are discriminated against. If I didn’t earn £20,000 or more – the required figure – the choice would be to claim benefits and then when it came to my wife’s visa renewal she would have to leave. Her visa costs almost £1,500 every every two-and-a-half years.
Cameron has only himself to blame. He thought he could bully the electorate, the same as in the Scotland referendum, but forgot that nobody is enthused or patriotic about the EU and millions hate him. I also don’t like to be told by governments and businesses how to vote, that’s why we have a secret vote. There’s a lot of anger against Cameron.
I think any xenophobia and racism is stirred up more by the remain side, not the leave side. I am very much in favour of a fair immigration policy. The Australian points system was a big deciding factor for me. I’m not sure if it would be any easier for my wife under the points system. Depends on the level, but I would hope as a British citizen I wouldn’t be discriminated against.
I’m very happy with the result, it should keep all of them occupied for years and less time to start picking fights around the world.
Andrew Riches , 54, Graphic design, Midlands
How do people who view themselves as progressive justify the privileging of certain countries, if at all?