The UK should be willing to consider some flexibility in return for a trade deal – with Australia, with India, with Brazil and, yes, with the EU.
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.
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.
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.
We should not allow ourselves, in the next phase of negotiations, to be drawn into further migration concessions in exchange for trade concessions.
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.