I've never felt like a European citizen, because they all drive on the wrong side of the road...use different power sockets and a different currency to us. lol
There is something very unique about being English that you don't get in Europe, we have very different work ethics and values to most of Europe. The closest I've ever felt to being a match is bizarrely the Germans, they seem to understand the importance of holding down a good job and paying your taxes at least.
Taking away the European safety net might be good for some people, may push them to explore the vastly beautiful world that exists outside of Europe. I'm only just getting my parents to see there is life after Spain.