by Hugo Dixon
"Despite Johnson’s and Gove’s protestations to the contrary, EU migrants contribute to our society. They pay more in taxes than they consume in public services such as the NHS and schools. They help create wealth that could be invested in these vital services so there aren’t waiting lists and crowded classes. It is our government that has failed to make this happen.
But Johnson and Gove – and Gisela Stuart, the Vote Leave chair who also signed the open letter to Cameron – are conning the voters by saying his “promise is plainly not achievable as long as the UK is a member of the EU”. They want the electorate to believe that the target can be achieved if we quit.
But leaving the EU is most unlikely to slash net migration to the tens of thousands. For a start, net migration last year from outside the EU was 188,000. So even if the net flow from inside the EU fell to zero, we’d still be almost double Cameron’s target."