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Busted: Sajid Javid wants you to think he can cut immigration from the EU with the stroke of a pen; in fact he’ll just be hiding the number of EU citizens coming into the UK.

It seems Home Secretary Sajid Javid is about to go through with a plan to fake immigration statistics, as highlighted on This Site last month.

The Times has enthusiastically reported that “immigration from the European Union will be slashed by up to 80% under plans to seize control of Britain’s borders that will be outlined by Sajid Javid.” In fact, it seems he is only planning to seize control over the way immigration figures are recorded.

The paper states that Mr Javid’s plans are in the government’s immigration white paper and will see net migration from Europe “slashed by up to 80 per cent” “to as little as 10,000 a year”.

But I’ve already reported that the immigration white paper’s measures won’t change the actual number of people arriving in the UK – it will simply change whether they can be described as immigrants under the current legal definition.

I wrote on November 26: “It’s a simple premise, too – change 12-month visas for low-skilled foreign workers to 11-month visas. People on 12-month visas are included in immigration statistics; those on 11-month visas aren’t.”

The intention of this simple lie is to boost support among Eurosceptic MPs in the run-up to the “meaningful vote” on Brexit in Parliament – as explained in this Telegraph article.

Of course, the proof of the claim will be in the white paper – and it seems clear that the best way to find the facts will be to read it, and not to read The Times.

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