We remain the only country in Europe to detain people indefinitely for the purposes of immigration enforcement, at large financial and human cost.
“In or out of the EU, our task remains the same: to be open, not closed, to the world around us. To always look outwards for opportunities, not inwards for cold comfort.”
I live and work in Spain. My fiancée is an EU citizen. Each of our futures, and our shared plans, are now tangled in a Brexit waiting game.
He is uniquely placed to start to rebuild trust – and that task is essential to our Party’s future.
“Are you seriously saying we should not have a system that checks whether people are legitimately in this country?” our Executive Editor asks the Guardian columnist.
We must oppose illegal immigration. But making life harder for legitimate residents helps nobody.
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.
One or the other would be easier to solve – and politically helpful to at least somebody. As it is, our immigration system exhibits the worst of both worlds.
One of the few positive things to come out of the appalling affair is the way it revealed the British people are far from the anti-immigrant caricature some paint of them.
“The Windrush generation helped to build the country we are today. I want to dispel any impression that my Government is clamping down on Commonwealth citizens.”
Aggressive Home Office measures appear to be designed by people who wrongly assume that illiberal ideas must appeal to the primitive desires of the masses.
Taking back control will give us scope to restore public confidence in our migration controls, support key sectors of the economy, and woo wealth creators.
It’s remarkable that the official public body that advises the Government on such issues seems not to have published a report on this topic since 2011.
Countries with which we strike future trade deals – the top priority for Party members according to our survey – should be treated more favourably than those with which we don’t.
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.