We applaud efforts to improve the job security, opportunities and wages of the domestic labour force, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, but this can only work as part of a broader solution including apprenticeships, improved training, a reformed system of vocational qualifications and a serious look at our education system.
However, we recognise that migration from the continent provides many substantial benefits, both economic and cultural. Maintaining strong bonds of friendship and exchange with the continent is absolutely essential, and must be one of the primary principles of any post-Brexit settlement.
Sentiments also matter. These are delicate times, and the government needs to accurately reflect the view of the British public: we are Europeans, and migration from the continent, provided that it is not on an unmanageable scale, is a core part of our society, our economy and our history. To create an unnecessarily unwelcoming and ungrateful atmosphere would be a catastrophe."
"Labour Leave welcomes the recognition at the top of the party that clarity is needed on Brexit. A transitional agreement is now – unfortunately - largely unavoidable due to the manner in which both the government and the EU have conducted negotiations thus far.
What is key, however, is that any transitional agreement is strictly time limited and should be no longer than two years. If withdrawal cannot be negotiated in four years when Article 50 specifies it can be achieved in two, then something is seriously amiss.
More concerning is Kier Starmer's claim that Labour may seek to make such transition permanent. Not only would this make sections of Labour's own manifesto impossible to implement, it would represent a substantial U turn from the party leader. To campaign on a "fudge" for the purpose of gaining votes only to then back 'soft Remain' would be considered a serious betrayal by many current and former Labour voters - of whom nearly 4m voted Leave.
Holding out the prospect of permanent soft Remain status only gives the EU further encouragement to delay, obfuscate and ultimately give Britain the worst deal possible. It would be unwise to think that voters won't recognise these risks. The danger is that the Labour Party will then be blamed by the electorate if we finish up with a deeply unsatisfactory outcome to the Brexit negotiations.