The Prime Minister has maintained that his benchmark target of reducing immigration to lower than 100,000 every year has not been revised. The British government made this clarification when Theresa May the Home Secretary appeared to reduce the commitment from a vow to a statement.
Mr. Cameron informed the Confederation of British Industry recently that he was going to push further with changes in the rules that governed immigration in the EU. The Prime Minister stated further that he was going on with this even though most business owners believed that labour from outside of the country was necessary for their country’s economy.
But experts are of the opinion that the prime Minister would have a hard time achieving the 100,000 goal he has set for May 2015 because recent official data has revealed that 243,000 more foreigners arrived into the UK than those that left during the year up to March this year. This data is an increase from what was recorded last year which was 175,000.
The data figure was regarded as a target in the manifesto of the Conservative Party during the elections of 2010. It was also repeated again in 2011 when David Cameron had become the prime minister. In the speech Mr. Cameron was quoted as saying that he was going to reduce immigration to manageable levels for the country, and has added that there was not going to be any excuses, nor ifs, nor buts. For him, it was a promise that had been made by them to the people of Britain and that they must ensure that the promise was kept.
During an appearance with the Today Programme of the BBC Radio, Mrs. May seemed to have reduced the severity of the commitment by referring to it as a comment and not a promise. She had stated that when the comment had been made they had stated that they were trying to reduce the net figure on migration lower than tens of thousands and they had wanted to achieve this with the legislature. She was quite sure that it was what had been planned to be achieved.
When accosted for better clarification during a briefing with media representatives at Westminster, the prime minister’s official spokesperson had stated that there was not going to be any change, which was the goal which Mr. Cameron and his personnel were working towards.
The spokesman had insisted that it had always been the goal to reduce immigration to tens of thousands by the completion of their government and that it was not going to be changed.
However, the spokesperson avoided several chances of confirming that Mr. Cameron’s goal was still regarded as a promise. When he was questioned on if the prime minister still thought of it as a vow, the spokesperson replied that neither the prime minister’s approach nor and view, had been revised in any way whatsoever. It was still the same way that he had called it, and that there was simply no revision in the goal that they were striving to attain.
During a speech to a conference for the CBI in London, the prime minister has restated his commitment to applying proper checks on immigration. These controls were to include changes to movements within and inside the EU.