PM ‘ly­ing’ over Tory plans to re­duce im­mi­gra­tion to UK

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Boris John­son has been ac­cused of ly­ing to the pub­lic over his prom­ises to re­duce lev­els of im­mi­gra­tion to the UK.

The Con­ser­va­tive Party has set out its plans for an Aus­traliansty­le points-based im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem, which would put no lim­its on highly ed­u­cated and award­win­ning work­ers, in­vestors or en­trepreneur­s com­ing to Bri­tain af­ter Brexit.

It would also fast-track and of­fer re­duced fees to doc­tors, nurses or so­cial care work­ers who want to come to work in the NHS.

The Prime Min­is­ter, in an in­ter­view with Sky News’s So­phy Ridge On Sun­day pro­gramme, said he could guar­an­tee “num­bers will come down” as part of the “con­trolled” mea­sures.

But Shadow Health Sec­re­tary Jonathan Ash­worth said Mr John­son was “mis­lead­ing” vot­ers about the ef­fec­tive­ness of the pro­posed new sys­tem.

He also ar­gued the To­ries would have “no demo­cratic con­trol” over the im­mi­gra­tion num­bers due to plans to set-up an in­de­pen­dent

com­mit­tee to over­see the points-sys­tem im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Labour’s Mr Ash­worth said: “He said the com­mit­tee will be in­de­pen­dent in the same way as the Bank of Eng­land is in­de­pen­dent so he is mis­lead­ing peo­ple when he says he is bring­ing im­mi­gra­tion down be­cause there will be no demo­cratic con­trol.

“There will be no ac­count­abil­ity over any de­ci­sion that any Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter makes be­cause it will be handed over to a statu­tory in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee – so again Boris John­son is ly­ing to the Bri­tish peo­ple.”

Mr Ash­worth said the UK “should ab­so­lutely main­tain free move­ment for the Na­tional Health Ser­vice and the so­cial care sec­tor” as they “lit­er­ally could not sur­vive if we did not con­tinue to re­cruit in­ter­na­tion­ally”.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, also ap­pear­ing on the So­phy Ridge pro­gramme, ac­cused Mr John­son of hav­ing “al­ways been very soft” on im­mi­gra­tion.

De­spite want­ing to cut num­bers com­ing in from abroad, Mr John­son has sug­gested there could still be a do­mes­tic pop­u­la­tion boom if the electorate put him back into Down­ing Street and al­low him to push through his Brexit deal.

He told The Sun­day Times: “Cupid’s darts will fly once we get Brexit done. Ro­mance will bloom across the whole na­tion.”

There will be no ac­count­abil­ity over any de­ci­sion. Shadow Health Sec­re­tary Jonathan Ash­worth.

BORIS JOHN­SON: Ac­cused of ‘mis­lead­ing’ vot­ers over pro­posed points-based im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem.

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