Former Chancellor George Osborne has attacked Theresa May’s pledge to reduce net migration to below 100,000, saying ‘this target has a perverse incentive, in that the more people you persuade to emigrate from the UK, the more likely you are to hit it.’
Mr. Osborne also said that Mrs. Mays decision to make such a promise was ‘a politically rash and economically illiterate move’.
‘She knows better than almost anyone that net migration – the number of people arriving, minus the number leaving – is not in the gift of government, subject as it is to the vagaries of the world economy’.
The promise to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands was first made by David Cameron in 2010, then again in 2015, and both times the government failed to meet that target.
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