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Speaking at the Tory Conference, Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP posited immigration as being against British interests:

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The Home Secretary associated immigration with a threat to the ‘British way of life’:

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The Home Secretary envisages changes that will affect  Britain as a world education centre – all in the name of curbing immigration:

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Full text: Amber Rudd’s conference speech

Some responses

Adam Marshall, acting director general of the BCC, said he thought companies would be “concerned if having a global workforce was seen as a badge of shame”.

He said: “Companies do so much to train up workers and look for local hires, I don’t think they should be penalised for [recruiting abroad] when they have specific skills needs.”

Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of the CBI, warned that the proposals risked sending the wrong message to companies already nervous about the risks of Brexit.

She said: “This idea that it is going to be a shameful thing to have people from overseas working in our companies, I think is absolutely the wrong thing: we’re not that kind of country.

“We have been a magnet for talent for many years; we should be proud of our ability to attract the best, and this approach that appears to be around shaming companies for doing that is one that our members are very, very concerned about.”

The Guardian 5th September 2016

Responding to Rudd’s conference speech, the Labour MP for Sheffield Central, said: “I’m shocked by the home secretary’s comments, which are spectacularly ill-informed.

“She doesn’t seem to know how many universities we have in the UK or understand the current rules for which she is responsible, let alone appreciate the enormous contribution international students make to the universities and cities where they study.

“International students bring £8bn a year to the UK economy, creating tens of thousands of jobs across the economy. Education is one of our most successful export industries. The only people cheering today’s announcement will be our competitors.”

The Guardian 5th September 2016

 

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