Diane Abbott: Labour Would Make Post-Brexit EU Immigration To UK Easier
Diane Abbott, the Labour Shadow Home Secretary, has said that Labour would make it easier for immigrants from the EU coming to the UK to do so.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday, she said “Both business and public services like health and education are saying we do indeed need these European migrants that are coming here.
“We have to listen to them.”
However, her comments are likely to anger the 52% of British voters who voted firmly against what she is proposing and instead for a stricter migration system where we are able to limit the amount of EU nationals moving into Britain.
She later added “Most people agree that we have to get rid of some of the bureaucracy around migration. That’s what we were referencing when we talked about easy movement – less bureaucracy.
“It’s good for migrants but it’s also good for business.”
Worryingly, she also said that the number of EU immigrants into the UK might not fall at all after Brexit under a Labour government! This is despite the fact that immigration was consistently shown in polling as the key motivation for leave voters, and that it was the biggest issue in the 2015 General Election and again one of the biggest issues in 2017.
The current levels of migration are over double the aim of the government, yet Mrs Abbott still would like to see EU migration made easier.