Streeting – Ruth Davidson is right; the Government should scrap its immigration target

The UK Government should think about dropping its target of cutting annual net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said today.

In a newspaper article, Ruth Davidson said: “The British Government has failed to hit its self-imposed ‘tens of thousands’ target in any year. Brexit is a big reset button and should – in theory – make that much easier to do so. But we have to ask whether the target continues to be the right one?”

She also called on the Government to take international students out of the immigration target.

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“When the leader of the Scottish Conservatives publicly opposes the Government’s immigration policy, it is time for Ministers to admit defeat and scrap their ‘tens of thousands’ migration target. 

“The British public support international students coming here to study and they also appreciate the work done by EU migrants in our NHS and social care system, and in other sectors which are suffering from skills shortages. 

“Cutting immigration in such a draconian fashion would hammer our economy and public services and make all of us worse off. The Government should listen to the voices of businesses, unions and members of their own party, and drop this damaging and unachievable target.”