From the June 24 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
ERIC BOLLING (GUEST HOST): So, Bill, what's this really all about? What's going on?
BILL O'REILLY: It's about immigration, open borders. When I made my analysis last week just answering a letter, I based it on the fact that I lived in London for almost a year. I spent my third year in college in the University of London system. And I have been back quite a number of times since then, and British tradition is very strong.
And what has happened over the past 30 years is that the British system has allowed so many people in, and those folks generally speaking, have not assimilated. So that if you go to parts of London, you are not really in England, you are in Pakistan, or you are in the Middle East, or you are in the West Indies. And everybody knows this.
I think that when with the open border EU policy where anybody can go anywhere at any time, that the English people said you know what? Enough. We're not feeling comfortable with being overwhelmed, and we are feeling under siege. And that's what they voted on. I don't think it was economic. I think it was all about immigration.
BOLLING: Bill, this has been around for more than fifty years, and this is -- this possibility of one or more countries pulling out of the European Union has come up time and time again. Why did it work this time? Why did it happen that they got the vote they needed this time? Some are pointing at President Obama's comments from a couple of months ago.
O'REILLY: Oh, no. That didn't have anything to do with it. It's terrorism. There is a huge Muslim component in England. They have a Muslim mayor of London, you know, recently banned subway ads that he didn't like, women in bathing suits. I think that the British people have had it, and they fear terrorism just as the American people fear terrorism.
Now, do they brush all Muslims with the terrorist label? No. No. but there is enough, if you go and travel England as I did in 1970, it was very, very traditional, and now it isn't, and a lot of people over the age of 40 don't like the change. So they say, you know, we don't want to be part of an open border society, so we're going to now have our own country and try to get it back. And you are going to see some of that happen in the USA as well.