Diane Abbott is trying to forge an alliance between immigrant communities and an employer’s lobby keen to import labour.
Posts by Lord Green
Lord Green is Chairman of Migrationwatch UK.
Andrew Green: Next up after today’s Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Any exceptions for those with job offers would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.
We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany.
Without a firm, stated base, we are vulnerable to being pushed around by the Commission. Ministers might find it uncomfortable to talk numbers, but they must.
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration – and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
We should not allow ourselves, in the next phase of negotiations, to be drawn into further migration concessions in exchange for trade concessions.
These practical recommendations outline how EU migration could be sharply reduced while preserving access for employers to the best and brightest from across the EU..
Andrew Green: No, EFTA membership would not give us adequate control of immigration. There is a better way.
MigrationWatch has suggested that those EU migrants with skills in short supply should be able to come to the UK for a time-limited period after Brexit.
Brexit offers an opportunity to change our path – and failing to do so could bring very serious electoral consequences.
Some employers have been doing very nicely out of labour which puts up with low pay, poor conditions and little flexibility in their hours.
Andrew Green: A soft Brexit would mean mass immigration – of over 100,000 people a year net until the late 2030s
Our population could grow by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration.
These Lords amendments are an attempt by the Higher Education lobby to throw off the yoke of Government immigration controls.
It is intended to create a means by which peers and MPs can seek to hold up leaving the EU.
Employers will have to adjust pay and conditions, but they will have time to do so.
MigrationWatch believes that net migration from the EU is unlikely to fall below 155,000 in the medium to long term for as long as free movement continues.
Such a move would provide some reassurance to the public whose strong desire for a reduction in net migration played a decisive role in the referendum result.