Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has said that the Conservatives’ pledge to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands would ‘undermine economic welfare’.
‘The figure seems to have been plucked out of the air with no evidence base and with no realistic prospect of meeting it’.
‘The most damaging consequence of choosing a target in this amateurish and arbitrary way, and then hopelessly missing it year after year, has been a deepening public cynicism feeding the narrative that immigration is ‘out of control’.
‘These are real people, with real lives, who have also contributed much to Britain’s society and economy’.
‘The immigration of young people who come to work in occupations which face a skill shortage, adds significantly to national economic welfare. Conversely, a crackdown to meet the target will undermine economic welfare’.
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