McFadden – Government’s immigration policy is a shambles

The Government’s immigration policy is today revealed to be “a shambles”, the Open Britain campaign says.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced this morning that the Government will avoid an immigration “cliff edge”. But her own Immigration Minister, Brandon Lewis, said this morning on the Today Programme that freedom of movement will end when Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Commenting, Pat McFadden MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This is a shambles. Only hours after the Home Secretary announces there will be no cliff edge when we leave the EU, her Immigration Minister announces a definite end to freedom of movement from March 2019.

“If this line stands it would rule out freedom of movement during any transition period, and in all likelihood rule out continued Single Market membership during a transition too. Ministers must now tell us what the economic impact of that would be.

“This morning’s announcement throws a grenade into attempts to reassure the country that there will be no Brexit cliff edge. Yesterday it was a row about chicken. Now it’s immigration. Ministers are contradicting one another by the hour. The country needs good leadership during this crucial period. It is certainly not getting it.”