Segments in this Video

English Country Tradition (02:54)


Lisa Millar reports from a Somerset race track, where amateur riders raise money for the coming hunting season. In two weeks, England will vote on whether to stay in the EU. Many view the debate as a reflection of their cultural identity.

Brexit Debate in Somerset (02:29)

Derek Mead's family has farmed the land for generations, but he does not consider himself landed gentry. Britain has been part of the EU for 40 years; he believes leaving will mean losing agricultural customers.

English Gentry Position (03:19)

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg represents Northeast Somerset; his family has been in the House of Lords for generations. He believes in freedom and democracy and wants to leave the EU to preserve the English national identity. He criticizes European trade protectionism.

English Agriculture under EU Policy (04:27)

Somerset farmers debate the Brexit at a livestock auction. Europe buys 45% of Britain's exports and farmers benefit from EU subsidies but many see bureaucracy as a disadvantage. Laborers from poorer EU countries are seen as a cultural threat.

England's Polish Community (03:14)

A Somerset Polish Catholic congregation gathers for Sunday mass. Iwona Kot is one of 700,000 Polish immigrants living in the U.K. whose future is unknown, if England votes to leave the EU. She is engaged to an Englishman and has brought her grandmother from Poland.

European Migration (03:39)

Three million EU born people live in the U.K. As a community officer, Kot patrols a poor Taunton neighborhood with a growing migrant population. Pub owner Simon Braun sees the Freedom of Movement Act as a threat to the English national identity and sovereignty.

English-European Relations (01:55)

Cambridge historian Professor Robert Tombs explains that the English believe open migration is uncontrolled and will change society. Britain joined the EU in the 1970s amid fears of a failing economy and loss of clout; Europe's recent economic issues are reversing this perspective.

Brexit Questions (02:49)

Rees-Mogg and his son run into opposition while passing out flyers urging Somerset locals to leave the EU. No one knows exactly what will happen if the referendum passes. The "remain" side predicts unemployment and falling currency rates. Rees-Mogg says democracy is the main issue, not immigration.

Cultural Bridge (03:28)

Kot hosts a Polish and English barbecue; her future is uncertain if Britain leaves the EU. An estimated 75% of migrants would leave, but Mead believes English people will not take low paying agricultural jobs. As Parliament opens, Rees-Mogg emphasizes Brexit is about England’s sovereignty.

Credits: There'll Always be an England (00:31)

Credits: There'll Always be an England

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Quit Europe or stay? It’s the English who hold the whip hand in the coming UK vote - and many want out. So what’s up with the Poms? Lisa Millar explores the essence of “Englishness”.

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL116127

ISBN: 978-1-63521-186-3

Copyright date: ©2015

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