Justin King, Sainsbury’s chief executive has questioned the cap on the number of immigrant workers allowed to come to the UK.
In an interview with Channel 5 News, Mr. King said there was “no economic justification to pick any particular number”.
Mr. King who is one of UK's biggest businessmen said: “Hardworking people, wherever they hail from – wherever in the UK they hail from, or wherever in Europe, those that are entitled to come here – coming here, working hard and contributing to our economy is a good thing.”
The government has been trying to impose a limit on the number of workers entering the UK from outside Europe. The target has been to scale back to the levels of the 1990s – when tens of thousands and not hundreds of thousands were allowed into the country.
“If you start getting into a debate about academic numbers then you’ve immediately moved away from the central idea which is that you should welcome anybody… that wants to make a positive contribution to our country,” Mr. King told Channel 5 News.