Ed Davey: Scrapping immigration cap long overdue allowing more migrants in to UK
Responding to Sajid Javid’s pledge to re-assess immigration caps, Liberal Democrat Home Affair’s Spokesperson Ed Davey said: “The Home Secretary will have the support of almost everyone in Parliament to exclude students and medical staff from the immigration cap, but it’s far from clear that the Prime Minister is willing to admit her long cherished policy is wrong. I hope Parliament can get to vote on this as soon as possible.
“If the new Home Secretary is going to make a genuine change from the policies of Theresa May and Amber Rudd, his changes to the immigration cap need to go way beyond a minor tinker.
“The immigration cap has never worked because Britain’s economy and public services, from the NHS to our universities, depend on a more flexible approach.
“Major change at the Home Office can’t come quickly enough.”
The UK government had earlier through the PM RT Theresa May recommitted the Conservative party to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands a year which was a policy proposed by Former Prime Minister David Cameron as opposition.
There is a strong relieved by UK business community on a rethink and take a fresh look on immigration suggested by new Home Sajid Javid.
This rethink could potentially increase skilled workers arriving in the UK and allowed more students to study in the UK.
Mr Javid said he is “working towards reducing net migration and bringing it to lower sustainable levels,” but he refused to explicitly support the goal of reducing it to below 100,000 per year, a shift welcomed by businesses.
Presently from last year, the net migration figure of 273,000 had 164,000 people coming from outside the EU which comprises of Nigeria, South Africa, Asian countries amongst others. There is a potential damage to the economy if work visa are reduced, family reunion affected and similar cases such as refugees.
Mr. Javid speaking on the Andrew Marr show on BBC one said, “I empathise with that point, it is something I would like to look at again and “working towards reducing net migration and bringing it to lower sustainable levels.”
The UK unemployment figure is at its lowest level at 4.2pc, making it harder for companies to find the workers.