Have a debate on migration

The majority of Labour voters and members support '˜Remain', yet our leadership continues to insist that we should ignore the wishes of our core voters and support Brexit.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am

Far better to confront the reasonable issue raised by the minority of Labour supporters who voted Brexit and have a genuine debate on migration control.

The points system will allow anyone who meets the Tory Government’s criteria to come to the UK without a job offer. In effect, the Government will take away the right of employers to decide who is best for the job, and people will enter the country without the means to support themselves.

Our MP and the Conservative Party seem intent on destroying the country’s economy to put in place a system that will not deliver migration control.

The alternative is to prevent migrants settling in the UK unless they have a job or can demonstrate that they have an income. That is what happens now under the EU, but the UK does not monitor who enters or leaves the country, or enforce its existing right to ask EU citizens without the means to support themselves to leave after three months.

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If full EU membership is not palatable, then surely membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) is the solution?

The UK can then implement proper management of immigration, Brits will retain their freedom to continue to live, work and retire elsewhere in Europe, and our manufactured goods will not have to face punitive tariffs.

Eric Goodyer

Berwick-upon-Tweed