November 17, 2019
The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will see freedom of movement end in January 2021, at which point migrants from all countries will be treated equally – meaning we will decide who comes here based on the skills they have to offer – not where they come from.
Only by installing proper controls and ending the preferential treatment of EEA migrants will we be able to attract the brightest and the best from around the world to come here and contribute to our public services, while relying on far fewer low-skilled migrants and getting overall migration down.
The plans will make the welfare system fair for UK taxpayers and ensure the UK has a truly fair and global immigration system.
Tighter claimant rules and greater contributions will mean £1.3 billion more each year for our public services by the end of the Parliament.
Commenting, the Prime Minister said:
“As we come out of the EU we have a new opportunity for fairness and to make sure all those who come here are treated the same. We will make our immigration system equal - whilst at the same time ensuring our fantastic public services, like the NHS, are all properly funded.
“A majority Conservative Government will ensure that people who come to our great country from anywhere in the world have both a job to come to, and make a contribution to our NHS - so that we can protect and improve the public services we all benefit from.”
Commenting, Priti Patel, Home Secretary, said:
“One of the benefits of Brexit is that we get to take back control and make our system fairer. A majority Conservative Government will ensure that people who come to our great country from anywhere in the world will contribute on day one.
“Immigration will finally be subject to democratic control, allowing us to get overall numbers down.
“A Labour government would see immigration surge, placing huge strain on public services like our NHS and prisons. Corbyn would also subject the UK to the chaos of two more referendums, with no time to focus on the people's priorities.
“Only a Conservative majority can get parliament working again and get Brexit done so that we can end freedom of movement once and for all.”
Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:
“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”