Ukip promises zero net-migration with 'one in one out' system
Ukip will cut net migration to zero with a “one in one out” policy if it wins the general election, party leader Paul Nuttall announced today.
Mr Nuttall and Ukip immigration spokesman John Bickley said a Migration Control Commission would be set up to slash immigration from around 600,000 to 300,000 over five years.
Meanwhile the leader said Ukip was not a “parody party” - after it lost all its councillors in local elections last week and gaining just one.
The Conservatives revealed today they would repeat their pledge to cut immigration to the “tens of thousands”, despite having failed to meet the long-standing commitment up to now.
The target was set by David Cameron in 2010 and again in 2015 but the most recent figures put the level at 273,000.
Mr Nuttall slammed the Tories for allowing “a city the size of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne” into the country last year - Theresa May’s last as Home Secretary.
“It has been the equivalent of a city the size of Birmingham over the past three years, net,” he said at a press conference in Westminster today.
“This is clearly unsustainable and it is clearly unfair, particularly to inner city communities,” he continued.
“It puts strain on the NHS, on housing, on schools, on the transport network and on jobs. Therefore we propose to do something about it.
“I can announce today that Ukip will go into this election with a policy of balanced migration, which means zero net immigration over the next five year period.”
Mr Bickley explained that the migration commission would be able to regulate which workers can come in and out depending on need, but that over five years the net figure should be zero.
POST-BREXIT UKIP 'WILL BE BIGGER'
Ukip lost 145 councillors last week and won just a single seat across the whole of the UK - after their vote was thought to have been hoovered up by the Conservatives.
Former leader Nigel Farage suggested yesterday that Ukip could fold once the Brexit process is complete in two years.
Today Mr Nuttall insisted Ukip was not a "parody party" and admitted he was willing to put “country before party” to see the best Brexit possible.
But he added: “I’m pretty confident that Ukip will not only still survive into the future but the post-Brexit Ukip… could be bigger. I predict it will be bigger than the pre-Brexit Ukip ever was.”