Tuesday, 01 May 2018 14:04

THERESA MAY’S TOXIC ANTI-IMMIGRANT OBSESSION “ACTIVELY DAMAGING THE UK”

CALL FOR FULL REVIEW OF UK IMMIGRATION POLICY AND DEVOLUTION OF POWERS

SNP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson, Joanna Cherry QC MP, has said Theresa May’s anti-immigrant policies are now “actively damaging the UK” – as it emerged the Prime Minister overruled Cabinet pleas to allow overseas doctors to fill empty NHS posts.

The MP for Edinburgh South West warned the Tory Prime Minister was allowing her “toxic anti-immigrant obsession” to get in the way of the needs of public services, businesses, and the economy – leaving the whole country poorer and worse off as a result.

The SNP are calling for a root and branch review of UK immigration policy, the scrapping of arbitrary net migration targets and the hostile environment approach, and for the devolution of immigration powers to the Scottish Parliament to meet the specific needs of Scotland’s economy.

Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:

“Theresa May’s toxic anti-immigrant obsession is actively damaging the UK – by getting in the way of the vital needs of our public services, businesses, and the economy.

“The Windrush scandal was just the tip of the iceberg, as more evidence emerges of the harmful impact that the Tory government’s arbitrary and xenophobic policies are having on us all.

“It is astounding that the Prime Minister is so fixated on immigrants that she is overruling her own Cabinet minister’s pleas and sidelining the needs of our NHS and economy – putting patients at risk, and leaving the whole country poorer and worse off.

“The UK government must now undertake a root and branch review of UK immigration policy, scrap their damaging arbitrary net migration targets, end the hostile environment approach, and instead back a sensible, evidence-based immigration policy that recognises the huge benefits to our economy and society.

“UK immigration policy is failing Scotland, and it is crucial that we devolve immigration powers to the Scottish Parliament to meet the specific needs of Scotland’s economy and society.”

‘Theresa May vetoed Cabinet pleas over visa quotas for doctors from overseas to fill empty NHS posts’ - https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-refused-to-budge-on-quotas-for-foreign-medics-after-cabinet-ministers-pleas-for-more-a3828141.html

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