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Immigration fail: When Theresa May tried to get illegal immigrants to “go home” with an ad campaign on vans driving through London, it caused national protest – and this response from the campaigning group Liberty.

We have a prime minister who lied to the public in order to build racial tensions between UK citizens and EU migrant workers. Does anybody – at all – think that is acceptable?

This Writer does not.

Nine studies passed across Theresa May’s desk while she was Home Secretary – showing that migrant workers are good for the economy, that they do not push wages down, and that they bring in much-needed skills that (apparently) are no longer taught in the UK.

And what did she do?

She launched a campaign in which vans were dispatched around London bearing advertising slogans suggesting migrant workers were in the UK illegally and should “go home”.

This silly and dangerous idea encouraged racism and created a huge waste of time for officials because members of the public started reporting anybody who looked as though they may have come from a foreign country.

And now she is prime minister and in charge of the process via which the UK will leave the EU. Can anybody doubt that she will put us at a huge disadvantage, internationally, because of her own prejudices?

Theresa May suppressed up to nine studies that found immigration does not hit the wages or jobs of UK workers, Vince Cable has alleged.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly defended plans to impose tough curbs on EU workers after Brexit by arguing they are needed to protect Britons in lower-paid jobs.

But, the Liberal Democrat leader said: “When I was Business Secretary, there were up to nine studies that we looked at that took in all the academic evidence.

“It showed that immigration had very little impact on wages or employment. But this was suppressed by the Home Office under Theresa May, because the results were inconvenient.”

Last year, Ms May told the Conservative party conference: “I know a lot of people don’t like to admit this. For someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesn’t seem fair.”

But the claim was rejected by experts including at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which argued immigrants also create jobs, expanding the opportunities for British workers.

Read more: Theresa May suppressed up to nine studies that found immigration does not hit UK wages, claims Vince Cable


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