Theresa May believes Jeremy Corbyn has plans to open Britain to unskilled foreign workers
The post-Brexit immigration plot would revive visas for migrants and allow them to compete with Britons for unskilled, low-skilled and seasonal jobs.
Mr Corbyn today denied the confidential paper was a policy document but refused to rule out implementing the plan if he becomes Prime Minister.
Labour’s election manifesto promises new fair rules and reasonable management of migration in the economy’s interests but does not spell out new routes for low-skilled migration.
However, it does include making it easier for people to bring foreign spouses to live with them in Britain – an idea which also appears in the leaked document.
Responding to details in the leak Mrs May, whose own manifesto repeats the Tories’ never-met goal of slashing annual net immigration to under 100,000 a year, responded: “What we need to do is have proper control of our immigration.
“We are going to be able to put in rules for people coming from the European Union to the UK once we leave the EU. There’s a very clear choice at this election, there’s a very clear difference between myself and Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.
"I want to ensure we are controlling migration because too high uncontrolled migration puts pressure on our public services but it also lowers wages at the lower end of the income scale.
A leaked document revealed Labour leader Jeremy would revive visas for jobs for migrants
"Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party want uncontrolled migration.”
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch UK, said: “We have been here before. Labour are low-key about immigration before they get into power but very different in office.
“The last time they came to power in 1997 they also promised to reform the system. Within three years immigration had trebled from 50,000 to 150,000 and that was even before they opened the gates to eastern Europe.”
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Citing previous claims that mass migration was a deliberate policy of the last Labour government, he concluded:“This leaked document has similar fingerprints all over it.
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party want uncontrolled migration.
Theresa May, Prime Minister
“Suggestions to increase immigration are intended to be kept secret until after the election. These proposals are very likely to result in losing control over immigration altogether.”
Ukip’s immigration spokesman John Bickley said: “The leaked document makes it crystal clear that Labour has no intention of controlling immigration. In fact Labour wants to turbocharge it, encouraging millions of immigrants to come to the UK, especially unskilled ones.
“Labour simply doesn’t care about the impact hundreds of thousands of unskilled migrants will have on working class jobs, wages, school places, hospital beds, GP appointments and social cohesion.
Mr Corbyn denied the confidential paper was a policy but refused to rule out implementing the plan
“Labour no longer represents the working-class of this country. It sees electoral advantage in encouraging mass immigration as the majority of migrants that eventually gain voting rights have tended to vote Labour.
”The leaked document is believed to be a briefing sheet from a Corbyn adviser for Labour candidates. It suggests reviving a low-skilled visa scheme – which Labour created and the Tories scrapped because of high migration from eastern and central Europe – to fill factory and farm jobs that need no qualifications.
It also suggested giving EU nationals US-style “green cards” entitling them to live and work here. Speaking about the leaked paper today, Mr Corbyn said: “What you have been reading is a document that was being discussed between researchers in our teams, as happens every day of the week in every party and all around Parliament. Our policy is in our manifesto. That is the policy that we will be carrying out.”
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The Labour leader has consistently refused to say that reducing immigration is a goal governments should set and refuses to name an ideal number, although he thinks numbers would “probably” fall in a managed system. Asked today to set out his party’s policy, he acknowledged Brexit will end EU free movement.
If Labour wins the election, it would immediately give EU nationals already here the right to stay. Mr Corbyn said he had urged sister parties on the Continent to do the same for Britons, adding: “Under managed migration, which will come after we leave the EU, it will be based on the needs of our economy and rights of family reunion.”
He said that inadequate government investment in training meant Britain had skills shortages that needed filling from abroad.