There is no political consent for open borders. The state needs to police who comes here, and thus effective tools to deter and to remove those rejected.
Ministers must make a priority of controlling our borders and stimulating growth with a tax-cutting, pro-enterprise agenda.
The Prime Minister insists that there “is no one single lever that will solve this problem” as Starmer says traffickers are “laughing all the way to the bank”.
The Home Secretary describes the UK’s approach as “robust and novel” and says other countries who share the same problem understand the British stance.
It is harder for liberal critics to impute racism, or undue severity, to a Home Secretary who herself belongs to an ethnic minority.
These proposed Lords amendments defend the rights and social protections of British nationals and armour-plate the Withdrawal Agreement.
People were tired of MPs talking tough, and delivering little change. But all that has changed with the Home Secretary’s new measures.