Priti Patel calls for Corbyn’s Labour to come clean on free movement
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has today called on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour to come clean with voters over their plans for unlimited and uncontrolled immigration. The policy was agreed at Labour Party Conference in September and meetings between senior party figures were held on Monday to rubber stamp the proposals.
But in the last few days, senior Labour figures have tried to confuse voters by taking at least four different positions:
- Corbyn confirmed he wanted to “ensure all EU nationals can come to the UK.”
- Corbyn’s campaign chief Andrew Gwynne claimed that Labour would negotiate “bilateral agreements” for free movement with individual countries.
- John McDonnell said that Labour was “looking for reforms” to freedom of movement.
- Emily Thornberry said that a under a Labour coalition there would be “a kind of managed migration.”
Priti Patel said:
“Labour is trying to confuse voters about their immigration policy – just as they are with their Brexit policy.
“At the last election, Corbyn’s Labour told the voters they wanted freedom of movement to end but we now know that wasn’t true.
“Just last week Jeremy Corbyn said he wants freedom of movement to continue whatever the result of his two chaotic referendums next year. But John McDonnell has said they will negotiate ‘reforms’ that everyone knows the EU will never accept.
“Corbyn has always said he will be bound by the decisions of his members and earlier this year they overwhelmingly voted for uncontrolled and unlimited immigration and to give all foreign nationals in the UK the vote.
“We know Jeremy Corbyn can’t make decisions for himself, but Labour should immediately come clean over their position. At the moment they are taking the voters for fools.
“If a Conservative majority is returned after the election, we will end freedom of movement and introduce an Australian-style points based system that will put the needs of the country first, welcoming the best and brightest but cutting low-skilled immigration.”