Interesting. We traveled by train from Stresa (Milano line) to Montreux (Switzerland) in April last year. Although a couple of police walked up/down the train, we were never asked for papers/passports, and I am travelling on a New Zealand one.
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There has been an increase in xenophobia from a relatively small percentage of people who are using the campaign for their own agenda and the attacks or verbal abuse are abhorent. The vast majority of people in Britain on both sides of the EU debate are extremely tolerant and open minded and certainly not xenophobic and have welcomed immigration for centuries. Many people are upset however, at the deliberate policy of mass uncontrolled immigration in a short period of time due to the pressures that places on all aspects of society for all the people involved.
Organizations like the WP, NBC, SPLC and CNN, as well as much of the media in the UK have had an agenda to brand the leave campaign as xenophobic from the start (their owners and backers were all heavily backing Remain) and focus on that one issue, when the debate has been about much much more than that. As I mentioned before I think its perfectly reasonable to have a sensible open mature debate about immigration without immediately branding everyone as racist.
I totally disagree with "the intersection of xenophobia and racism in the Brexit outcome". The outcome is the rejection of continuing membership of the EU. Its not recist or xenophobic, nor is it a rejection of europe (whatever that would be) nor an attack on the people of europe or anywhere else. The fact is people all across the continent do not want to be morphed into a giant superstate where they have zero self determination or democratic representation. The people of Ireland, France and the Netherlands have rejected EU treaties proposing greater political union in their own national referenda, and the unelected EU elite have just made them vote again until they got the result they wanted. The above mentioned media outlets have consistently failed to address this issue of democracy because it doesn't fit their agenda. Meanwhile the leaders of the EU press on with their plans for total political union against the will of the people...
Problem is what media says about it and make this case ridiculously big.Here in Poland we see in TV news that in UK people attack us,they are starting to be very rude and they even distroys our culture center.Even more,when some drunk idiots destroy Polish flag you dont even whant to hear what people say about England...It could easy go out of control and the point when people start to hate each other is very close.
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That's why the government must intervene as they have done yesterday condemning this in the strongest possible terms.
That's why police needs to target these despicable acts and prevent them from spreading.
That's why we as citizens must demonstrate with actions that EU citizens in the UK are welcome.
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You are right! Those policemen in fact were from border guard department. They have a trained eye for people that
are suspected to cross borders illegally. If you read that they may demand the train go back to the starting station...
doing this in another country (means not the own one) - then you see the system. It hits sometimes travelers that have
all the necessary to cross borders.
If you travel in Europe coming from New Zealand you are required to show passport on entry from the long distance flight.
Afterwards you are not suspect to travel illegally.
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David Cameron blames Brexit on EU immigration failure
David Cameron told European leaders he lost the EU referendum because they failed to address public concerns over immigration, as tensions rose ahead of looming Brexit negotiations.
The British prime minister said at his final summit in Brussels on Tuesday that fears of mass immigration were “a driving factor” behind the vote and free movement would have to be addressed in Brexit talks.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and other leaders blocked British demands before the referendum for an “emergency brake” on migrant numbers and the idea remains anathema to many member states.