Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Yorkshire Post: Brexit is no answer to real concerns on immigration

The Yorkshire Post: Brexit is no answer to real concerns on immigration

by Jo Cox MP


"But I strongly believe that concerns about immigration – as legitimate as they are – are not a reason to vote for Brexit. This is why:

First, because leaving the EU won’t solve the problem. Over half of all migrants to Britain come from outside the EU, and the result of this referendum will do nothing to bring these numbers down.

In fact, the leaders of the Vote Leave campaign have been promising that Brexit will allow Government to actually increase the amount of immigration from outside the EU, opening up a whole new tier of immigration to fill short-term vacancies.

The Leave campaign has also already agreed that all EU migrants who are here legally should be able to stay in Britain even if we vote out. That’s the right thing to do – but it’s important that voters are not under any false illusion that a vote to leave would reduce the number of European migrants currently in Britain."


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