Tory manifesto 2017 to include pledge to cut net migration... again
Tory manifesto 2017 to include pledge to cut net migration... again
09 May, 2017, 10:05
Concern about immigration shaped the Brexit debate and will now play a big part in the general election.
Rudd added that while she personally wanted immigration reduced and she wanted firms to do more to hire British workers, the manifesto was "not going to be identical to the last one". "I appreciate you want to push me on this but we are going to have to wait until the manifesto comes out".
What about taking students out of the net migration figures, which half of her cabinet colleagues have reportedly advised her to do at one point or another over the past three years?
During a radio interview, the Home Secretary was asked if the Conservatives would carry a similar target to the one included in their 2015 manifesto to reduce migration to the "tens of thousands".
Speaking on a campaign visit last month, Theresa May, who was Ms Rudd's predecessor as home secretary, told the BBC: "We want to see sustainable net migration in this country".
Mr Cameron introduced a pledge to cap net migration at the "tens of thousands" in January 2010, months out from that year's general election.
Theresa May has committed to keeping the Conservatives' target of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands", saying this represents "sustainable levels".
Setting a net migration target was important "because of the impact that it has on people, the impact it has particularly on people at the lower end of the income scale and in terms of the pressure on public services", May told supporters in London.
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Labour says it accepts that the principle of the free movement of people - which European Union leaders say goes hand-in-hand with single market membership - would have to end after Brexit. I want to make sure we do it in a way that supports businesses'. Broadly speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the United Kingdom for more than a year they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the United Kingdom for more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.
Almost every industry or public sector institution, including the NHS and farming, has lined up since the Brexit vote to stress how much their operations rely on European migrants to keep them going.
Miss Rudd however, along with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chancellor Philip Hammond, has privately urged the PM to water down the pledge or abandon it entirely, warning there is little prospect of it being delivered any time soon. In the United Kingdom we have to make sure we've got an equally strong mandate. As we've said before though, it's too soon to say what impact the European Union referendum, in June 2016, has had on migration levels.
Senior ministers have urged Mrs May to make the task easier by dropping foreign students from migrant figures, which now cover all those staying in a country for more than a year. Mrs May's spokesman said there would be "no change" to the rules.
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