“In yesterday's autumn statement, the Government blew through its own welfare cap when it U-turned on tax credits. Today, with new net migration numbers as high as ever, its promise to control immigration and bring net migration below the 100,000 no longer has any credibility.
“Instead of challenging the government palpable failure Labour’s Shadow Chancellor prefers cheap stunts by holding up a copy of Mao’s Red Book when the Red Book he should be referencing is the Treasury’s Budget 2015 Red book.
“Unlike the Labour Party, UKIP judges the performance of the government by the rules that it sets for itself. On migration, the government's attitude is completely contradictory. While we welcome the fact that it finally accepts that controlling migration is unequivocally central developing a sustainable economy, the government refuses to put Britain's EU free movement of people obligations at the heart of its so-called ‘renegotiation strategy’. In fact while we remain inside the EU, we cannot control migration.
“The government has failed to control net migration, it has failed to control its own welfare cap, it is doomed to fail on controlling welfare benefits in its EU negotiations. On immigration the government is a long time failure and cannot be trusted to manage our borders or policies.”
Notes to Editors:
The latest ONS migration statistics can be found here.