Commenting on the release today of new immigration figures which showed that the number of EU citizens emigrating from Britain in the last year rose by 33,000, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“These figures show that we are facing a Brexodus of EU citizens from our country, which will damage our economy, our universities and our public services, and leave Britain a less global, less dynamic country.
“When EU nationals with every right to be here are being sent letters telling them they will be deported, it is small wonder that increasing numbers of them are choosing to move away from Britain.
“Despite today’s figures, the Government is still a country mile away from hitting its target of reducing net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’. The cuts to immigration that would be needed to achieve that target would lead to massive skills shortages that would hammer whole sectors of the UK economy.
“The Government’s should drop the target and change its rhetoric to emphasise that Britain remains an open and welcoming nation, not a place turning away from the world.”