THE Government’s manifesto pledge to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands is unachievable because Britain is “addicted to the drug of cheap imported labour”, a Cabinet Minister has admitted.
The admission came as senior Government sources said the ambition of reducing immigration below 100,000 is all but dead because voters are content Britain will regain control over its borders once we leave the EU.
The unnamed minister said: “Immigration in the tens of thousands is worth aiming for but it’s difficult to get to. But the real debate will not be about the numbers but who is in those numbers. It will be less about how many but more a question of who?
“What we’re talking about here is not free movement of people, but free movement of labour.
“That’s where David Cameron failed in his negotiation. If you ask them, the British public don’t have a problem with free movement of labour.
“What they mind is people coming in and consuming the wealth of the country which they have never contributed to. We need to get ourselves off the drug of cheap imported labour by upscaling our younger generation.
“That’s one of the most important aspects of what we’re dealing with. We are forced into high levels of migration at the moment because of our failure to upskill our own population.”