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David Cameron’s ‘immigration speech’ is expected to take place very soon.
As we have noted several times, one of the options that he potentially could go for is an “emergency brake” – the ability to impose temporary restrictions on the number of EU migrants who come to the UK.
We can see why this would be appealing politically – but we fear that if Cameron does announce something like this, without having a clear vision for how it would work exactly in practice, it could turn into another net immigration target. Sounding very good in an election manifesto – but ineffective in practice.
We’ve made this point a few times but to elaborate, here’s why:
An emergency brake would be targeted at flows of new EU migrants not the existing stocks. UK Ministers have previously spoken about the need to manage “destabilising flows” – however, this remains a vague term that could mean many […]

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