McGovern – Leaked Government immigration plans would put our economy & public services at risk

Commenting on leaked Home Office plans for the Government’s post-Brexit immigration strategy, reported by the Guardian, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Our economy and our public services benefit massively from the contributions of EU citizens. There are 60,000 working in our NHS alone and many others working in all sectors, including in so-called ‘low skilled’ jobs. Without their efforts, our economy and our public services would be put at risk.

“The Government need to show that Britain is open to those who want to come here to work hard and contribute. This leaked document is part and parcel of a mean and cynical approach which is already deterring people from coming here, for example by sending deportation letters to people with every right to be here, and justifying a Home Office crackdown on international students by deploying totally bogus statistics. 

“At the end of the day, the best way of reducing immigration is to crash our economy, which is exactly what the Government’s plan to pull out of the Single Market and the Customs Union risks doing.” 

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Notes to editors:

This story is reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/05/leaked-document-reveals-uk-brexit-plan-to-deter-eu-immigrants