His policy is a total failure as it appears to be based on a lie – that people come to the UK because of what the Tories describe as our “generous” benefit system.
This Writer wonders how the Tories hope to spin this to their advantage. They have painted themselves into a very tight corner indeed.
David Cameron must admit to voters in the EU referendum that his promise to cut net migration to tens of thousands is effectively “dead” as his plan to reduce migrants’ access to welfare benefits will have little impact if achieved, the thinktank British Future has said.
The British Future pamphlet, drawing on new polling, challenges both the Stronger In Europe and Leave campaigns to be honest with voters on immigration – a key issue that will motivate voters.
“There is little to suggest this would be transformative,” British Future said, drawing on its own research showing migrants come to work for jobs and better wages, but not state benefits.
“There is little realistic prospect that the government’s EU reform proposals, if agreed, would reduce EU migration by many tens of thousands,” the thinktank suggested. “Yet that is what would be needed for there to be any real-world prospect of the government having a chance of fulfilling its ambition to get overall net migration below 100,000.”
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