David Davis MP finally admitted last night the UK had to keep allowing EU migrants into the UK even after Brexit, for the sake of the economy.
The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU privately told officials in Eastern Europe that key industries in the UK would need EU workers for years.
The Times reports this morning that he said:
In the hospitality sector, hotels and restaurants, in the social care sector, working in agriculture, it will take time.
It will be years and years before we get British citizens to do those jobs.
Don’t expect just because we’re changing who makes the decision on the policy, the door will suddenly shut. It won’t.
In other words, post-Brexit immigration will look largely like it does now (since it doesn’t affect non-EU immigration).
But without the benefits of EU membership.
The move towards Brexit has already caused chaos across British farms because EU workers no longer want to come here.
This is the first time that David Davis himself has admitted the UK needs EU migrants, even low-skilled ones, for vital sectors.
So now we know that migration will remain roughly the same and that we will keep EU regulations too.
So what will be the point of Brexit, exactly?