low wages damage economy just help fat cats.

But even though the British economy is showing the rest of the world how to deliver jobs, the benefit of those jobs is not always going to British workers.

Unemployment is at its lowest in absolute terms for a decade.

But there are still 1.56million working age Britons – between 16 and 64 – who are not in work.

Now consider this: the latest figures show that one in nine workers is a migrant.

Last year, 3.4million of the 30.3million workforce were born abroad with 2.2million of them coming from the EU.

Our economy is doing even better since the referendum vote

That is double the number from just six years ago in 2010, when 1.1million workers came from the EU.

Back then 2.2million of our 28.2million employees were migrants.

And the numbers and the scale of increase are startling.

In 1997, when Tony Blair first won power, about three per cent of the workforce came from overseas.

And that was unusually high compared with previous decades.

Today, the ONS figures show that 11.2 per cent of people working in Britain are foreign nationals.

It is easy to understand why. Whatever Project Fear may have forecast, our economy is doing even better since the referendum vote than before.

And with open borders to EU nationals – we remain, of course, members of the EU for the next two years – it would be strange if they did not move here.

It is a perfectly rational move by the people who come to Britain.

If wages are depressed because of politically mandated over-supply of labour, workers will struggle.

They won’t then be able to spend enough to drive growth.

It is just as rational for the EU nationals who move here but who do not have a job.

The same ONS figures show that one in seven EU migrants to the UK of working age does not work.

In other words, of the 2.73million EU nationals here aged between 16 and 64, 390,000 are what is termed “inactive”.

They are eligible to apply for jobseekers’ allowance, child benefit, child tax credits and sickness benefits.

The European Court of Justice has held that all they need to do is show that they are looking for work. But while it is perfectly rational for them it is anything but for us.

In other words, the unending supply of foreign labour means that employers know they can pay low wages because there will always be someone desperate enough to take the job.

That might work for the company’s bottom line but for the economy that is very far from sensible.

For one thing, the statistics show that EU workers are prepared to work longer hours for less pay. In the short-term, business may see that as a great benefit.

Why shouldn’t they take jobs that Brits are too workshy to apply for?

That is the level of argument recently heard from the likes of sandwich chain Pret a Manger, which moaned that it could not find British workers to fill its jobs.

It never seems to have occurred to it – or to the other businesses which have based their growth on cheap EU labour and have now said they are worried about Brexit – that the problem may not lie with British workers but with the low wages they want to pay.

As Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, put it last year, the level of foreign migration is dampening wages across the economy, threatening the very economic growth that has created the jobs they are taking in the first place.

The extra workers from the EU had “contained wage growth in the face of robust employment growth…

A key risk to the economy is that these subdued growth rates continue”.

And so we will all suffer. (And that’s without even considering the impact of large-scale immigration on public services.)

Which is one key reason why we voted to leave the EU.

Instead of allowing anyone from the EU to come and, in effect, undercut British workers – and be guaranteed benefits paid for by British taxpayers – we decided that we should take back control of our borders.

We decided it should be for the British to determine who is allowed to come here, how many people and under what arrangements. Economically, if there was a smaller pool of workers from abroad, employers would have to boost pay to lure workers.

It is important to remember that nothing in this analysis depends on whether you think immigration is a good or bad thing.

Even if you err on the liberal side of that divide, it’s important to bear in mind the consequences.

The key point is the damage done by unfettered immigration.

And so, as we prepare to leave the EU, the key issue for debate is the level of immigration that we want.

That is a discussion that, until we voted to leave, was entirely meaningless. But now it is central.

JOB AGENCIES FOR YEARS HAVE BEEN MAKING EMPLOYEES SIGN CONTRACTS THAT MEANS THEY CAN WORK LONGER HOURS THAN E.U LAW ALLOWS. WORKERS DOING THESE LONGER HOURS ARE DENYING OTHER WORKERS OF JOBS. IF THEY ARE WORKING THEN THEY ARE NOT SPENDING. IT IS OK FOR FOREIGN WORKERS AS THEY SEND CASH BACK TO POLAND AND ROMANIA WHERE THINGS ARE MUCH CHEAPER TO BUY. THEY EVEN GET UK WELFARE EVEN IF THEY HAVE HOMES AND LARGE BANK ACCOUNTS BACK IN THE E.U

WE OFTEN HAVE POLISH WHO HAVE BEEN GIVEN COUNCIL HOMES SUB-LETING THEM TO FRIENDS WHO FILL HOMES WITH 8 PEOPLE AND EVEN USES COMMUNAL LOUNGE AS A BEDROOM. THUS TENNANTS HAVE NO WHERE TO SDOCIALISE AT HOME. COUNCILS DONT CHECK COUNCIL HOMES THEY RENT.

LONG HOURS DAMAGE HEALTH OF WORKERS – SHORTEN THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY.

WE NEED LIMITS ON NUMBER OF HOURS A WEEK ANY ONE CAN WORK ESPECIALLY DOCTORS AND NURSES ETC.