After Cable and Clegg, Huhne raises voice against immigration cap

To hold urgent meetings with Theresa May, Green

22nd September 2010: UK business houses, political figureheads and law firms have been joined in the tirade against the immigration cap by another minister. Energy Secretary Chris Huhne too has aired his views against the annual limit.

Already, Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has raised his voice against the immigration cap.

After causing a flutter during Prime Minister David Cameron’s trip to India by expressing views against the cap, Cable was quoted as saying immigration limits were costing Britain thousands of jobs and harming its economic recovery.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg too has dismissed plans of introducing a cap on non-EU immigrants by asserting people want a generous immigration system.
With this, it is clear that the ministers in the UK’s David Cameron government are now exerting pressure to amend the policy.

Claiming that the cap was a source of concern, Huhne said he would be holding urgent meetings with Home Secretary Theresa May and Immigration Minister Damian Green to put forward his apprehensions.

The assertion comes within days of General Electric lashing out at the government on its immigration policy. The group had only recently alleged it is facing recruitment problems because of the cap.

Into manufacturing jet engines, gas turbines, heavy industrial equipment and other stuff, the group said it had so far been unable to recruit a stem cell research executive from India. The cap had also prevented it from hiring turbine engineers from outside the European Union.

After hearing about problems, Hunhe said it was ‘absolutely essential’ for companies to recruit people with the right skills.

Huhne told The Independent that he has been personally lobbied by some major investors. They pointed out the problems they faced, if UK has an inflexible immigration cap. That was a point made very forcefully by GE.

Huhne made it clear he was not averse to the cap by saying a deal is a deal and they have agreed in the coalition agreement to have a cap. But the question was how the cap was applied.


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