Well this is certainly a welcome surprise. Interesting to consider how the UK's position in the EU as an economically weaker latecomer gives them a reduced appeal to refugees. Oddly enough, I somehow feel this might make their magnanimity towards those refugees and Hague's heel-face turn on the issue less likely to blow up in their faces, but I'm no expert in all the push and pull factors that drive this kind of migration; I just get a sense that the stakes are different. At any rate, it's concerning that the British far-right is plotting to exacerbate and exploit xenophobic sentiments, and their willingness to accept the democratic system so they can utilize it to push their virulent agenda against refugees is a truly hollow victory at best. Another thing I'm interested in is whether the closer ties between EU member states ITTL has any effect on their response to the refugee crisis. I'm not super well-versed in EU politics, so I'd welcome an explanation of any knock-on effects that have already been borne out.