Tens of thousands of Americans have tried to become British subjects in the last year, prompting British lawmakers to propose steps to curb the influx.
“I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry that the States still have so many loyalists,” says Nigel Blair, a Labour member of parliament from Devonshire. “Well, it’s just too late at this point, as far as I’m concerned. We certainly don’t need a bunch of yankees coming here to take away jobs from hard-working Brits. it’s a bit cheeky of them, really.”
Liam Chambers, home minister in the government of Theresa May, says the American onslaught caught officials by surprise. “After more than 200 years, the situation with the States was stable—or so we thought,” he says. “We’re not prepared for this and it’s not realistic to say this was something we should have included in our planning scenarios. Who could have imagined it?”
Chambers says the year started out ordinarily enough. “The Americans had their election, as they’ve done so many times before,” he says. “It seemed to go smoothly, and within our offices we dismissed chatter we were hearing about widespread concerns over the survival of democracy there. It seemed a bit dramatic, from our perspective. We didn’t give it credit. That was obviously a mistake. But who could see that then?”
Under British policy, no more than 2,000 Americans can become British subjects annually, and until this year, exceeding that limit has never been a problem. “A lot of Americans come here each year,” says Andrew Majors, chief minister of the country’s immigration department. “Many own property and return regularly, but we’ve never had much demand from Americans to become subjects of the crown.”
Majors says his country ordinarily welcomes Americans. They tend to have money and often they start businesses that create jobs. But it’s not just the well-to-do that want to become subjects now, and that’s causing concerns. “Americans can’t come here expecting to escape their problems,” he says. “I don’t think its too much to ask for the country to manage its own problems and not look to Britain to carry it through like it’s still a colony. The fact is, our resource limitations trumps their desire to come back home. We just can’t accommodate them anymore. You’ve made your bed and now you must lie in it.”
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