Thursday 8 August 2019 / 7:06 PM Diane Abbott / Immigration

Diane Abbott responds to government plans to remove the cap on tier one visas

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to government plans to remove the cap on tier one visas, said:

“This is yet another sticking plaster policy to cover the gaping wound that will be a No Deal Brexit.

“Boris Johnson has not even taken the time to confirm his position on the EU Settlement scheme and what it will mean for the rights of EU nationals. So this announcement is simply an attempt to gloss over the very real damage his Brexit approach will do scientific research and development.

“The public cannot be hoodwinked into believing that a Home Office which upholds “hostile environment practices”, loses nearly three quarters of immigration appeals in court, and has failed miserably to register all EU nationals already resident in the UK, has the leadership necessary to deliver such a scheme.

“Until there is a clear and unequivocal commitment to bring an end to all ”hostile environment” policies, you can’t trust anything Boris Johnson and the Tories say on immigration.”