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The new immigration scheme has kicked in. But will it achieve anything?

We were promised control of our own borders after Brexit. This is what the government has decided to do with it

By Nicholas Harris  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

The Brexit deal finalised at the end of last year went to the wire over fishing rights. But it was another issue that spurred the modern Eurosceptic movement. Between 2001 and 2016, increasing numbers of voters named immigration as the most important issue facing the country: the figure peaked at 56 per cent in September 2015. From 2012 to 2016 one could hardly watch TV news without a vox pop on immigration from a regional English town.

Immigration was the key driver of the Ukip “purple wave” and then the Brexit vote, linking directly to the “take back…

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