Naga Munchetty says she’s ‘so excited’ for Emma Raducanu
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Twitter is full of comments claiming the teenager – who could became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam this evening – wouldn’t have been let into the UK under post-Brexit rules. Totally ignoring the fact that people voted for Brexit for a wide variety of reasons, several posts claimed any leave voters were “hypocrites” for supporting the teenager.
Ms Raducanu was born in Toronto, Canada, in 2002 to a Romanian father and Chinese mother.
The family emigrated to the UK when she was two and settled in Bromley, southeast London.
At this point, Romania had not joined the EU and neither China nor Canada have never been members.
This means freedom of movement rules would not have applied to the family, meaning they would have had to apply for a visa just like third country nationals do currently.
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These clear facts were lost on the unapologetic Remainers – who disregarded sense to bash Brexiteers.
One wrote: “Exactly what has @BorisJohnson or Brexit done towards helping Emma Raducanu reach the US Open Final?
“Absolutely nothing. If he and @pritipatel had been able to have their way, her parents would have been denied entry to the UK 16 years ago.”
Another raged: “I’m pleased that Emma Raducanu is doing so well, but it’s intriguing to see the flag-waving Brexit Brits suddenly embrace immigrants when it suits them…”
A third said: “Before you all get drunk celebrating the exploits of a young British tennis player, remember that #Brexit was all about ensuring that people called #Raducanu would not be allowed into the country any longer. Hypocrites!”
Meanwhile, a fourth wrote: “As the Government continues to feed the anti-immigration narrative, they take credit for a team built on immigration reaching the Euro final and Emma Raducanu reaching the US open final.
“Every hour, every day, in every sector of society, an immigrant contributes to making this country great.”
Another said: “What a star! If the Brexit crowd had their way, her parents would never have made Britain their home.”
The 18-year-old beat Canadian Leylah Fernandez in the final at Flushing Meadows this evening.
Remarkably, the Brit didn’t drop a set in any of her eight matches.
That includes a 6-1, 6-4 victory over 17th seed Belinda Bencic in Friday morning’s semi-final.
“I never thought it would come this early to be in a Grand Slam final,” Ms Raducanu told BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of the match.
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