Umunna – Gove pretending to be a champion of liberal migration policies shows his “memory must be failing him”

Michael Gove today claimed that post-Brexit Britain will have a “positive, welcoming, liberal, forward-looking” immigration policy.

Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said: 

“Michael Gove's memory must be failing him. He claimed today to be a champion of liberal and welcoming migration policies, yet the Vote Leave campaign that he chaired engaged in disgraceful scaremongering about Turkey being on the verge of joining the EU.

“He also claimed the Brexit vote didn't lead to worse communal relations, despite their being overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including an official Home Office report which found a sharp spike in hate crime.

“The reality is that this Government's obsession with meeting its arbitrary net migration target by delivering an extreme Brexit is damaging lives, hurting businesses and the NHS, and shredding our international reputation.

“Everyone is entitled to keep an open mind about whether this is the right future for our country, and to express their view through a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.”