Is now the time to reconsider ID cards?

Last week, as EU migrants protested about being used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations, Alice Thomson of the Times posed the question whether now is the time to reconsider the issue of ID cards.

When last considered a decade ago, it was blocked (in part by David Davis) due to privacy and cost concerns. However, our immigration service is at breaking point: would an ‘ID app’  be a way of responding to and allaying people’s concerns about the number of people entering the country and allow those who are here to feel welcome?

Thomson quotes an EU national who moved to the UK from France 18 years ago: “The UK is a very tolerant country but I don’t want to be tolerated. I want to be accepted and integrated.”