‘Fair’ Or ‘Easy’ Movement? Labour Policy ‘As Clear As Mud’
Shami Chakrabati, made a Peer by Comrade Corbyn for her sterling work producing a report on anti-semitism within the Labour Party which was a complete whitewash, struggled to explain what Labour Party policy is on free movement now.
Any Questions host, Jonathan Dimbleby, put this proposition to Chakrabati:
I want to put to you what you said in July in relation to immigration and free movement, ‘We haven’t said,’ this is Labour…
We haven’t said we’ll have control of the free movement of people, what we want is to be able to have fair migration which avoids peoples’ jobs being undercut. It may not be called staying in the single market or having free movement, it maybe called something else, but what it is called doesn’t matter.’
To some people that will sound as clear as fudge if not mud.
Ms Chakrabati responded:
When we leave the EU, free movement within the EU ends.
But, we will still need migration – our NHS is calling out for qualified nurses. There are all sorts of industries that need migration, and frankly, I don’t think international students should even be counted in the immigration figures.
There will be movement, it won’t be completely free, there will have to be fair migration that serves the economy of this country and serves everybody so that people feel they can have their public services, their housing, their economic needs met.
So, that, like the rest of Labour Brexit policy, is completely clear then………