Others would say that the appointment of a profoundly business-friendly Home Secretary was bound to lead to a weakening of immigration policy.
Ministers need to be clear about who they intend to admit, and that they will set limits on numbers and on any rights to benefits and access for family members.
There are indeed mechanisms for mitigating damaging immigration flows, but these are tightly constrained.
Diane Abbott is trying to forge an alliance between immigrant communities and an employer’s lobby keen to import labour.
Any exceptions for those with job offers would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.
We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany.
Without a firm, stated base, we are vulnerable to being pushed around by the Commission. Ministers might find it uncomfortable to talk numbers, but they must.
We should not allow ourselves, in the next phase of negotiations, to be drawn into further migration concessions in exchange for trade concessions.
These practical recommendations outline how EU migration could be sharply reduced while preserving access for employers to the best and brightest from across the EU..
MigrationWatch has suggested that those EU migrants with skills in short supply should be able to come to the UK for a time-limited period after Brexit.
Brexit offers an opportunity to change our path – and failing to do so could bring very serious electoral consequences.
Some employers have been doing very nicely out of labour which puts up with low pay, poor conditions and little flexibility in their hours.
Our population could grow by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration.
These Lords amendments are an attempt by the Higher Education lobby to throw off the yoke of Government immigration controls.
It is intended to create a means by which peers and MPs can seek to hold up leaving the EU.