I never understood why David Cameron promised to cut net migration to tens of thousands. It was never deliverable - and his failure helped spark the fall in trust, that provoked many to vote to leave. So if there is one thing we can salvage from this sorry story, let's try to make it sanity in the immigration debate. It is surely time to end, the way this touchstone issue poisons our national politics.
With net EU migration accounting for more than half of the net long-term migration figure at 184,000 and short-term EU migration running at sustained high levels, there's no doubt that free movement within the EU is driving a large part of recent migration to the UK. This poses big challenges for both Remain and Leave.
The growing violence of far right groups is no accident. With their ideas endorsed by mainstream political discourse, neo-fascists know that their actions wouldn't be condemned by society - and they're not. The racism and prejudice that we have witnessed in the current debate will make things a lot worse for communities - and threaten our safety and well-being.
Tuesday marked the end of what I like to call my "pity month": a month spent in Olbia, my home town, my no man's land as I waited to move from one life to the next. I'm a 23-year-old Italian who chose to study and work in London. Now, nearly five years later, I have just touched down in Sydney to start again. I have officially become a double expat.
Schengen in on life support and West African manufacturers should pay close attention. They are already convinced they won't be able to compete with the cheaper, better quality imports, which will be the inevitable result of a forthcoming EU/Africa free trade agreement. For most, exporting to Europe is a distant dream anyway. Increased border restrictions will make it even more unlikely.