Lord Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, has said a Brexit deal with Brussels that ties Britain into the free movement of people would be “immoral” and shake public confidence in the system.
Lord Green, who founded the think tank MigrationWatch, said the inability to control Britain’s borders was a major factor in people voting to leave the European Union and is adamant the current level of immigration is unsustainable.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Bruges Group in London, he said: “As for the immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation had become untenable.
“With one hundred million people in Eastern Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty.
“Meanwhile, massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.
“Our estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about 150,000 a year well into the medium term.”
He added: “The prospect that is hanging over the entire Brexit negotiation is that immigration is at 1/3 million a year for the foreseeable future.
“A population increase that will require us to build the equivalent of a huge city the size of Liverpool every year, 90 per cent of it in England.
“The general public can now see very clearly that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed, and without their consent.”
Lord Green highlighted the fact Britain must reduce the number of low paid jobs it offers EU migrants because it is detrimental to our economy in the long run, with 80 per cent of them currently occupying low income professions.
The former special advisor to the Foreign Office laid out what he wants from the Brexit negotiations.
He said: “Hard and soft Brexit is very misleading. The difference is membership of the single market and access to it.
“Membership requires free movement of people because without it the EU is without meaning – but if we accept that it contradicts the outcome of the referendum.
“Other nations have trade deals with Europe and so should we.”
The cross-bench Lord, whose think tank did not take a side in the EU referendum, wants the right of EU nationals already living in Britain to be protected, wants to stop housing benefits for new EU nationals until they have been in Britain for more than five years and wants Britain to retain its southern border at Calais.