Controlling immigration is the key to starting to solve the many issues that face our country.
Our current uncontrolled immigration policy is unsustainable which, as a result, causes big problems.
Uncontrolled immigration has put pressure on our NHS. It has hampered our ability to build enough houses. It has compressed wages. It has created a shortfall in school places.
Without controlled immigration, we’ll never be able to address these issues in full. It is fundamental.
In order to control immigration we first need to leave the European Union. During Brexit negotiations, we need to ensure that we unsubscribe from the EU’s free movement of people policy. That means we can no longer be a member of the EU Single Market, which requires free movement.
Once we have left the EU (including the Single Market) we will have taken back full power to control our borders.
We must then implement an immigration policy that aims to reduce net migration to sustainable levels.
Reducing net migration to roughly 45% of the rate of houses being built would be a good target. This would reduce net migration to levels of around 60,000 to 70,000.
We should do this by implementing a universal points-based immigration system. This would revolve around harnessing skilled workers, such as those who would be of benefit to our NHS.
Limits should be put in place on the amount of work visa applications made in each certain occupational area. This should be in line with meeting the net migration target.
Low-skilled immigration should be cut down to a bare minimum. The bare minimum being cases of family formation/reunion or where we may need to issue temporary work visas in areas where there are a shortage of workers.
- Leave the European Union (including the EU Single Market), taking back full power to control our borders.
- Implement a universal points-based immigration system that revolves around harnessing skilled workers & limits low-skilled workers.
- Cut net migration to roughly 60,000 to 70,000 people a year.