New figures released today by the ONS show that EU net migration has fallen over the last year, as fewer EU citizens are coming to the UK and the number leaving the UK increased.
The number of EU citizens coming to the UK (220,000) decreased by 47,000 over the last year and is now at a level comparable with 2014. The number leaving the UK (130,000) is the highest recorded level since 2008.
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The best way to reduce immigration is to crash the economy and weaken our currency, both of which the Government seems determined to do.
“The Prime Minister’s failure to guarantee the rights of EU nationals has created deep anxiety. A shortage of EU nurses and doctors is already damaging our NHS and key industries, and lowering tax receipts, which means less money for public services.
“When they meet today, the Cabinet should agree to drop their counterproductive net migration target and end the uncertainty for business by committing to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.”
Notes to editors:
The full publication on the immigration figures published today by the ONS can be read here.