With the first full week of Brexit negotiations poised to start today in Brussels, Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch has given a warning revelation.
According to him, Britain will need to build a city the size of Birmingham every two years unless it cuts all ties with Europe. If the UK remains subject to free movement rules, net migration from the EU will continue at around 125,000 a year over the next decade, adding to those from other countries, a report said last night. A soft Brexit will leave the door open to 1.25 million EU immigrants over this time.
Taking into account non-EU migrants, pressure group Migration Watch UK claims failure to control EU movement will result in the population rocketing by around 500,000 each year.
These see the population rising nearly six million by 2027 and by more than 10 million over the next 20 years.
His warning became expedient with the revelation that a group of 15 hardline pro-EU Tory MPs are scheming with Labour to try to keep Britain in the single market and under Brussels rule.
A soft Brexit will leave the door open to 1.25 million EU immigrants.
Former ministers Nicky Morgan, Ken Clarke, Anna Soubry and Dominic Grieve have all been linked to a plot orchestrated by Labour MP Stephen Kinnock to derail Brexit.
He reiterated further, “The prospect of having to build the equivalent of a city the size of Birmingham every two years is simply appalling in a country that already feels overcrowded.
“These negotiations come at a critical point at which the whole scale and nature of our society risks slipping out of control. The Government must hold their nerve and get EU immigration sharply down.”
Alarming figures show Britain’s population has seen its sharpest increase in nearly 70 years, largely as a result of mass immigration.
It rose by 538,000 in the 12 months to the end of June last year to an estimated 65.6 million.
The figure is the largest rise since the 551,000 increase recorded in 1946/7. Migration Watch says a soft Brexit means the UK remaining in the single market when it leaves the bloc with net immigration from the EU staying at well over 100,000 a year for at least a decade.
It argues that while this option claims to prioritise jobs it will require Britain to continue to accept freedom of movement.
The group describes this as a “disastrous halfway house” as the UK will remain subject to rules on free movement but with no power to influence them.
An alternative involving quitting the EU but remaining in the customs union will give the Government control of immigration from the bloc but rule out free trade agreements with third countries.
By contrast, a Brexit involving a comprehensive free trade agreement but no single market or customs union membership will allow the UK to repatriate border controls and then negotiate a future trading relationship with the EU.
Mass immigration was the main catalyst to the demand for Brexit last July.