Open borders is a horrific policy…….
MAX HASTINGS: The crisis is so grave that we need a minister for migration
The Italian Navy ship Bettica on patrol in the Mediterranean where it rescued 870 migrants in the Sicilian Channel
Britain is to leave the EU, and a substantial proportion of those who voted for this did so because they want much tighter control of immigration.
Indeed, if there is one aspiration that unites most of the British people in these divided days, it is this. But how can it be accomplished?
So far, all we really know about Brexit is that it means Brexit. Detail is absent.
That is why we should welcome a pamphlet published this week by David Goodhart, of the think-tank Policy Exchange, which offers some practical proposals for curbing Britain’s soaring population.
He writes: ‘It would be hard to justify the disruption of leaving the single market if the headline net immigration figure did not fall below 200,000 a year’ — from the current 330,000.
Here, he makes an honest start by acknowledging that it is neither possible nor desirable to reduce the number of incomers to zero.