John Baron MP questions Brexit Secretary on immigration

September 5, 2016

MP says new immigration system must be fair

Today in the House of Commons, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Rt Hon David Davis MP, gave his first statement, in which he updated MPs on the Government’s work over the summer following the vote to leave the EU.

John asked,

“In welcoming the Secretary of State to his new post, may I stress to him the importance of achieving fairness in our immigration policy? Does he agree that whatever criteria eventually guides the system, our immigration policy must no longer discriminate against the rest of the world outside the EU, as it presently does?”

The Secretary of State stated that John had long raised this issue, and that it was the Home Secretary who is responsible for setting immigration policy, but that he was sure she would take this on board.

Afterwards, John said,

“One of the many positive aspects of Brexit is that Britain will regain the ability to set its own immigration policy. At the moment, all EU nationals have the right to live and work in the UK, whilst non-EU nationals have to go through a long and arduous application process. The Government must ensure the new system is fair to all people.”

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