A far-right British nationalist party has introduced overseas membership for emigrants who have decided to seek a better life outside of the UK.
Britain First, which campaigns against Islam and has staged "mosque invasions", now allows British people who have left the country to join the party for just £50 a year.
"I think we all know someone who's said, 'I'm going abroad because I want a better life for my kids,'" deputy leader Jayda Fransen told BuzzFeed News. "That's very sad."
The party, which has one of the biggest social media followings of any political group in the UK, claims it now has "thousands" of overseas members throughout the world.
"It doesn't matter where you're from – Britain, Austria – people agree that you should embrace the values of that country," said Fransen. "We actually have members all over the world – the Caribbean, Australia, America, all over America, all across Europe – you name it."
On a Facebook post announcing the overseas membership, some accused the party of being hypocritical for encouraging British emigrants to join an anti-immigration party.
"If they wanted to put Britain first they wouldn't have become part of someone else's immigration problem themselves...no wonder you can't help yourselves," wrote Rick Ferguson.
"Surely this is a contradiction in terms – Britain first if you live overseas, ridiculous," added Jean Quinian Collins. The critical comments have since been deleted.
But Fransen rejects the charge that the move is self-defeating: "What's very sad is that many people are [emigrating from the UK] because they are being treated as second class citizens in their own country," she said. "Mass immigration has caused Brits to flee the country."
Fransen believes immigrants coming to Britain should have to learn English and fully integrate into British culture, and said the same standards should apply to British people emigrating to other countries.
"Absolutely, when in Rome do as the Romans do – that doesn't just apply to Britain," she said. "Or Rome."
Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.
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