Immigration target will only harm economy and damage ties with Commonwealth
Responding to reports that the Conservatives are sticking to their failed 10,000 immigration target, Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:
“The leave campaign, many members of which are now in the Cabinet, made a clear commitment during the referendum campaign to lift visa restrictions on people from Commonwealth countries, it is now clear that this is another leave lie.
“Theresa May has betrayed British universities, businesses as well as the UK restaurant industry which is even more under threat following this announcement.
“Britain’s African communities are realising that these complacent, divisive and Brexit-style parties do not represent them and our increase of the vote to 18% in last week’s local election demonstrates the Liberal Democrats are making significant inroads with voters up and down the country, including many African voters.”
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron added:
“Liberal Democrat immigration policies seek to maximise the economic, cultural and social benefits of immigration, which we welcome as a blessing, not a curse.”