January 04, 2019
The new system for immigration after Brexit, slipped out just before Christmas, is “worse than useless”. That is the verdict of a Migration Watch UK assessment (MW458 Assessment of the White Paper on Immigration after Brexit).
These proposals amount to continued free movement for EU workers, whether skilled or not, with no effective means of ensuring departure. They also enormously widen the field for skilled and semi-skilled workers from the entire world with no caps on numbers.
There are no measures whatever to reduce the sheer scale of immigration to the UK – a concern of about 38 million people – and currently running at a net 270,000 a year.
Instead, the immigration system is to be thrown open to the whole world with very few controls. Such as are retained will be very easily evaded.
The following are the main changes:
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
These measures are worse than useless. They are so extensive as to be unenforceable by a Home Office that cannot even enforce the present system and is evading its responsibility to fulfil manifesto promises. The government have simply caved in to the employers lobby. This White Paper is a betrayal of all those who voted for Brexit in the expectation that immigration would be reduced and of the millions of others who consistently report that they wish to see less immigration. At 160 pages this must be, for the Conservatives, the longest suicide note in their history.
1. The 38 million in para 3 refers to a Channel 4 Delta poll in June 2018 (reported here) which found that 73% of the UK population want the government to honour their manifesto pledge to reduce net migration from the current level of 273,000 a year to the tens of thousands. The adult population of the UK is 52.1 million.
2. “The longest suicide note in history” is an epithet originally used by the Labour MP Gerald Kaufman to describe his party’s 1983 election manifesto.