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