Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will not accept any limits on Britain's ability to control immigration in negotiations to leave the European Union which will start by the end of March 2017.
Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, Mrs May rejected the argument Britain must choose between "hard Brexit" - in which it regains control over immigration but loses access to the European single market - and "soft Brexit", under which access to the single market comes with a requirement to allow free movement of EU workers.
"I know some people ask about the 'trade-off' between controlling immigration and trading with Europe. But that is the wrong way of looking at things.
"We have voted to leave the European Union and become a fully independent, sovereign country.
"We will do what independent, sovereign countries do. We will decide for ourselves how we control immigration. And we will be free to pass our own laws."
The reaction within the Conservative Party to her latest announcements illustrates the problem Theresa May has.
Theresa May has confirmed Article 50, which triggers the withdrawal process for Britain leaving the EU, will be invoked by the end of March.
In other words, the Prime Minister will say that leaving the EU would not lead to a single EU law being abolished instantly.