Re: Like Brexit or loath it...
You completely missed the point.
My old hometown had a huge influx of British immigrants from the north and to a lesser degree, London, during the 80s and 90s. And the immigration of EU citizens, by contrast, has been very small. No, it does not have the infrastructure, etc. And even now, there are far more UK citizens moving in from distant parts than there are Europeans.
But my point was that there is freedom of movement within the UK. How does the town stop UK citizens coming in? It cannot.
If you argue that market forces won't control immigration and so those in places that face being changed or overwhelmed by the number of immigrants, then that surely needs to apply to UK citizens too.
So, how does a small market town in Hampshire stop the influx of northerners chasing better jobs and lower crime, etc. plus Londoners looking for a leafier, more pleasant place to live?
The point is these factors are not eliminated based on national borders. They apply just as much within the country.
Brexitters frame this in terms of numbers, but they don't care if towns services are overwhelmed by Brits.
Like I said, it's not about numbers. They just don't like foreigners.