Published On: Wed, Sep 6th, 2017

Tory hails migration crackdown & asks 'why is it wrong for OUR children to have a chance?'

Charlie Elphicke questioned why it was “wrong to insist the children of our land have a chance” during a heated debate on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

The MP for Dover called on British businesses to instead invest in developing skills in British workers.

He said: “I think the real question is – why is it wrong to insist the children of our land have a chance?’

“And I think that is really important that we enable people from Britain to get on, do well and we get business to invest in skills and not simply seek to just avoid having to invest by bringing in low-skilled people as they have done for too long.”

Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch backed up the politician as he argued there was “nothing wrong” in ending free movement of labour with the .

Speaking of the leaks, he said: “This system essentially is intended for the period after we leave with regard to the sort of arrangements we have, perhaps to bring people temporarily in to do seasonal agricultural work or indeed other jobs.

“What is going to stop is that automatic right to come in by exercising treaty rights and effectively stay here for as long as you like – that will stop and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

But Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas branded the leaked documents, which looks to cut low-skilled migration from the EU by offering a maximum residency of two years, “economically illiterate, cruel and backward-looking”.

She told the programme: “People didn’t vote in the referendum to have nursing shortages, people didn’t vote to have crops rotting in the fields because that’s what will happen if we don’t have people coming in from the EU to help the crop-pickers.

“What we’re seeing here is an ideological approach, this idea that the referendum and Brexit has to be migration first, even if that means damaging our economy, even if that means our own businesses are saying they’re going to suffer.”

The leaked proposal will see British workers put first when it comes to immigration policy following the UK break from the EU.

Official documents seen by The Guardian state: “Put plainly, this means that, to be considered valuable to the country as a whole, immigration should benefit not just the migrants themselves but also make existing residents better off.”

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