Prime Minister's Speech on EU Migration

November 28, 2014

Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech this morning, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"We welcome the Prime Minister’s speech in which he reaffirmed his commitment to a net migration target. Without measures taken so far, net migration would undoubtedly be even higher than its present level.

That said, there is much more to be done. Restricting access to in-work benefits is welcome and will be perceived as fair by the public although it is difficult to say what impact this will have on numbers. The taxpayer cannot go on subsidising employers that rely on low paid overseas labour for their business model.

We also welcome the commitment to reform the absurd and much abused rule that makes it easier for an EU national to bring their non-EU spouse to the UK than it is for a Brit to do the same."

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