As promised the newly re-elected British prime minister is to get tough on immigration.
David Cameron announced on Thursday that the upcoming Queen’s speech would include proposals that will stem the tide of EU and non-EU migrants both legal and illegal, skilled and unskilled, coming to Britain.
But the speech came on a day new figures indicated 2014 saw the second-largest influx to Britain ever, and that there was a surge in people coming from outside the EU.
“I can announce we’ll push them forward with a new Immigration Task Force that has to start with making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally. The truth is it’s been too easy to work illegally, and too easy to employ illegal workers here in the UK. So we’re going to take a radical step and make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right,” he said.
Cameron’s proposals were immediately attacked by the Labour opposition’s Yvette Cooper, who is running for the Labour leadership, as yet another set of promises that would be broken. She said Cameron has said for the last five years he would bring figures down to the “tens of thousands”, and that he had failed, and would fail again.