McGovern – Gauke’s comments show Government should drop “damaging and divisive” immigration target

The Government’s policy of cutting annual net migration to below 100,000 could be a “mistake”, a Cabinet minister has said.

David Gauke, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said in an interview with the Evening Standard today: “All other things being equal, we should get it down to below 100,000. But if you found yourself in circumstances where we had a very buoyant jobs market and other parts of Europe didn’t, trying to go hell for leather to meet that target would be  a mistake.”

Commenting, Alison McGovern MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“David Gauke deserves some credit for his honesty. It’s becoming ever clearer that hardly anyone in Government still believes we could or even should hit the Prime Minister’s target of reducing annual net migration below 100,000.  

“When even Cabinet ministers are speaking out against it it’s clear the Government’s immigration policy is in total chaos.

“This damaging and divisive target would, if achieved, hammer our National Health Service and many sectors of the economy which depend on the work done by EU nationals here in Britain.

“With the number of EU nurses coming to work in Britain falling by 96% since the referendum, it’s clear we need to welcome migrants from Europe, not turn them away. It’s about time the Government saw sense and dropped this unworkable policy.”


Notes to editors:

David Gauke’s interview is here: