Business leaders criticise Boris Johnson’s immigration plans
Andrea Leadsom, the business secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that a Conservative-majority government would be “fair to the world” and not just the EU in terms of immigration.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “The immigration rules at the moment allow free movement from all EU nations and then quite significantly tighter rules from the rest of the world.”
She added: “Our immigration rules will be fair to the world once we leave the European Union.
But commenting on the Conservative Party’s immigration measures, the CBI chief Dame Carolyn Fairbairn said: “When we hear talk about brightest and best, I think that is a worry. If you do want to build 200,000 houses a year, you don’t just need the architects and the designers, you need the carpenters, you need the electricians, you need the labourers.
“We need people to come and help us renew our economy.”
She added: “It’s not just brightest and best, it’s people at all skill levels across our economy that we need.”
The Tories are pledging to get “overall migration down”, and under a range of measures, the “vast majority” of migrants will need a job offer to come to the UK to work, regardless of where they are from in the world.