Prime Minister Theresa May this week restated the Conservative Party’s pledge to bring down immigration to the tens of thousands per year.
Prime Minister Theresa May revealed her core election promises and political vision Thursday, saying she will slash immigration and take Britain definitively out of the European Union, then build a “great meritocracy” by giving the poor a helping hand and lifting barriers to social mobility.
The British election is on June 8 and Theresa May’s Conservative Party are expected to win convincingly.
Many Britons who voted previous year to leave the European Union were motivated by a desire to control immigration, which has soared as the EU has expanded.
Global Future calls on the government to give priority to clarifying the position of EU nationals post-Brexit in order to prevent an unwanted exodus from the United Kingdom as it negotiates its exit from the European Union.
According to the most recent UK Home Office figures, Indian nationals accounted for 53,575 or 57 per cent of skilled work visas granted in 2016, with United States nationals the next largest group at 9,348.
Unveiling the document in the Tory target seat of Halifax, West Yorkshire – close to the venue for Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto launch in Bradford two days before – Mrs May said Britain was facing the most challenging period in the past 60 years.
On executive pay, the manifesto says packages should be approved by an annual vote of shareholders, and companies will have to publish details on how it compares to the pay of the workforce in general.
But Global Futures said that while there appears to be strong support among voters for cutting immigration – it was a key issue in the European Union referendum debate – there is no debate about the consequences of this for national prosperity or living standards. “That is what our long-term care plan will do”, she said. “There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government”.
May has cast the Brexit vote as a “quiet revolution” that exposed the failings of modern Britain in a way that can no longer be ignored by a leader who looks back to Thatcher, Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee for inspiration.
Talking about a post-Brexit UK, she said: “I believe we can and must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy here in Britain“, she said.
She has promised fundamental – though yet to be detailed – reforms to fix problems ranging from arrogant elites and venal bosses to workers’ rights, immigration and Britain’s obsession with class privilege.
But there are signs that Brexit could already be biting the economy, such as quickening inflation.
Under the government’s existing plans, the deficit is projected to fall to 0.7 percent of gross domestic product by the 2021-22 financial year, down from 2.6 percent of GDP in the last financial year.