If we are also out of CAP, CFP and direct ECJ jurisdiction, able to negotiate our own trade deals and in the Single Market, it might not be such a bad outcome after all.
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.
It is unlikely that the mass of such voters in those crucial northern and midlands marginals would welcome a permissive approach.
MigrationWatch believes that net migration from the EU is unlikely to fall below 155,000 in the medium to long term for as long as free movement continues.
He stands out as a co-operative presence amidst the uncertainties of court cases, elections on the continent, and whatever negotiations may bring.
Whatever your view about the desirability of the former, the Prime Minister is under no obligation to sign up to it.
Our new Prime Minister must sort out Ministerial confusion over what a post-Brexit immigration policy looks like.
The papers, the experts and the competition all vividly illustrate the mire in which Cameron is wading.
There are few clear answers to that question, despite all the firm rhetoric flying around. What we need is more nuance and better information.
New restrictions have also been placed on EU migrants wishing to come to the UK, which is in complete contrast to anything done by Labour.
Sir Andrew Green knows much about immigration policy, but in my experience the current system is broken.
There is no conflict between immigration control and an open economy. And it would help if this new group could get its facts right.
Had the migration patterns of the 18 years before the Conservatives set their target been maintained, they might have hit it.
Nick Robinson’s programme was a reminder of the corporation’s continuing failure to cover the subject properly.