The government is working on closing the “visa loophole” that allows British citizens to enter the U.S. without a visa, citing terrorism concerns over Britain’s vast Pakistani population, which currently numbers about 800,000. Options on the table include requiring all Brits to apply for a visa or singling out only Brits of Pakistani origin. Naturally, the British government is balking at either move, particularly at a time when Tony Blair is about to step down, as the British Pakistani population typically votes Labour.
This, I expect, will get rather ugly. British tourists are the 4th most frequent visitors to the United States, behind Canada, Mexico, and Japan. Their top destination is New York City.