People in the UK have tougher attitudes towards immigration and welfare and have set a higher requirement for what it takes to make a person British, according to a new survey.
The British Social Attitudes survey found 95% of people thought to be “truly British” you must speak English – up from 86% in 2003.
It also found more than three quarters of people – 77% – say you must have lived in Britain for most of your life, while 51% said “true Brits” must have British ancestry.
Some 74% also said it is important to be born in Britain.
Under that definition Boris Johnson, a potential future Prime Minister, Prince Philip – the husband of the Queen – and iconic stars Joanna Lumley and Cliff Richard would all be counted as non-Brits.
The study also reveals that 61% of people believe EU immigrants should have to wait three years for access to welfare benefits.
That flies in the face of David Cameron’s attempt to be tough on immigration by setting the limit at three months.
And it will raise concerns about the possibility that UKIP could continue with the electoral success it experienced in May when it topped the polls in the European elections.
The 31st Natcen Social Research British Social Attitudes survey also found that almost a quarter of Britons think the main reason immigrants come to this country is to claim benefits… see more