In a complete turnaround from the rhetoric of Theresa May to reduce net immigration to the UK by tens of thousands, David Davis the Brexit Secretary has said that the Conservative party cannot assure that it will reduce the net immigration levels to the UK to below 100,000 by 2022. This is in clear contradiction of his own party’s Prime Ministers much-debated statement for reducing the net immigration levels, as quoted by the Guardian.
These comments of the Brexit Secretary were in response to the questions posed to him regarding immigration target of the Conservative party on the Question Time of the BBC. Previously, Brandon Lewis, the Policing Minister had said on the Question Time of the BBC that reducing the net immigration levels of the UK to several thousand should be achieved in the time frame of the next Parliament that is 2022 assuming that the next parliament completes its full five-year term.
When Theresa May was enquired regarding the comment of Lewis, she also agreed by saying that that is what the party would like to work for.
However in a clear contradiction of Theresa May David Davis said that the immigration reduction target was originally mentioned in the manifesto without any date assigned to it. He further elaborated that though the party would be inclined to bring down the immigration numbers it would actually be subject to diverse practical factors. This includes the UK economy, the quickness with which UK nationals can be trained to be employed, and modifications to welfare schemes that would appeal to people to get employed.
We have aimed to achieve the reduction of immigration levels however we cannot assure to achieve this within five years, added David Davis.
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