Cable raises voice against immigration cap, again

`Cap costing Britain thousands of jobs, harming economic recovery’


17th September 2010: Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable has raised his voice against immigration cap, once again.

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.

Cable, who believes the cap would certainly harm trade links, told the Financial Times that a lot of damage is being done to British industry; and companies were moving jobs overseas in answer to immigration caps as they are unable to hire key staff.

According to the Financial Times, Cable’s comments brought to fore tensions over the limits in Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government.

Already, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has dismissed plans of introducing a cap on non-EU immigrants by asserting people want a generous immigration system.

Even as Cameron has all along been insisting that introducing a cap on non-EU immigrants was vital, the Deputy Prime Minister only recently reopened a Coalition fissure by making himself clear on the issue.

Agreeing on the need to be ‘tough on numbers’, Clegg made it clear much more important was to ensure immigration system has people’s confidence, people’s trust and people were coming in for the right reasons.

Cable told the Financial Times he was not averse to the coalition plan for a permanent immigration cap, but wanted to see it applied flexibly.

Quoting an example, he said a British company, requiring 500 specialist engineers, was given a quota of four.


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