RW Standing wrote:
A native of the UK [or any country] being those with both biological and cultural descent within the country for a time immemorial period.
The idea, for instance, that Americans are anything but Europeans [and increasingly Asian] and any substantial descent from Amerindians is absurd.
It is neither biological nor cultural descent which determines citizenship. It is based on acceptance of a person as a citizen by the government of a given country (the UK, for example, if you like). In the USA this is very clear and has been understood from the begining. You're wrong, of course, in stating that "Americans are...but Europeans." We speak of African-Americans, of French-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and so on. All are Americans despite their ethnic and often racial differences. Ethnicity has nothing to do with citizenship in America. I realize that this is a new concept for most Europeans who have real difficulty in considering a black man as 'British' or 'French' or whatever. Nevertheless, it is the wave of the future and, imo, a good thing. We are all primarily human, only secondarily members of some specific ethnic group.