Kyle – Ministers’ cluelessness shows why Government’s immigration target should be dropped

Not a single member of the cabinet can say which sectors of the economy should suffer from cuts to immigration as a result of the Government’s policy of reducing annual net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’, an investigation by the Evening Standard has found. 

Commenting, Peter Kyle MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This just highlights the futility of the Government’s migration target, and why it should be dropped. They say they want to cut annual net migration to below 100,000, but they cannot identify a single sector of the economy which they believe could continue to function with less immigration. 

“The truth is that immigrants to Britain fill skills shortages in vital industries like social care, agriculture, and construction. Carrying out the cuts needed to meet the 100,000 target would leave these sectors and our public services worse off.

“It is time for Theresa May to admit what all of her colleagues and British business know to be true, that the immigration target is unachievable and damaging. They should drop the target now to support British business and our public services.”

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Notes to editors:

The Evening Standard story is here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/general-election-2017-the-question-tories-wont-answer-on-migration-a3552146.html

Open Britain and The Independent are campaigning for the Government to Drop the Target:http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/dropthetarget