By Steven Woolfe
Thursday's astronomical migration figures show an abject failure by
this Government to control immigration, despite countless promises to
the public. Once again the British pubic have been deceived by this Conservative-led government.
Cameron promised to cut immigration to ‘tens of thousands’, when in
fact we’ve seen it rise to more than when he took power. This has proven
once again that you cannot control immigration while being inside the
I knew from Mrs May’s round of interviews last Sunday that the
Conservative Party would try to get their excuses in early and often
before the general election on broken promises on immigration.
First, Mrs May reduced David Cameron's ‘no ifs, no buts’ pledge to
reduce immigration on behalf of the Government to a mere 'comment'. Now
that these migration figures once again demonstrate their abject
failure to deliver on this on that promise.
There is a simple way of controlling mass unskilled uncontrolled
migration. First control our borders by making sure that we properly
resource the UK Border Agency by hiring at least 2,500 more frontline
Second, exit the EU and ensure we negotiate fair and ethical
immigration criteria for all peoples of the world based on
implementation of an Australian-like points based system, making it a
fairer, more ethical and sensible policy.
Messing around with in-work and out-of-work benefits won’t deter
people away, we’ll still see high levels on immigration. The only way we
could control it is if we had major treaty changed and stopped the free
movement of people, and our major European partners have repeatedly
said that enshrined Treaty migration rules are not up for negotiation.
For any UK government to ignore this objective aspect of reality is
counterproductive and self-defeating.
We in UKIP
have a plan on immigration, one where we will implement an Australian
point’s style immigration policy with a cap of 50,000 per year, with an
extra 2500 border staff, making our borders stronger and making our
immigration policy fairer. These are real changes that can happen and
are legal as we will leave the EU, unlike Mr Cameron’s plans.