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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 3:40 pm, 25th March 2019

If we go to indicative votes and we look at other options, the issue of free movement is likely to feature. I strongly agree with the Prime Minister that the public want us to end free movement, but must we not recognise that immigration into this country from outside the EU is now running at a 15-year high of 261,000? That is more than the population of Ipswich and Colchester combined. Should we not therefore have some candour and say to the public that if we end free movement immigration is unlikely to fall but will simply come from much further afield?