The SNP leader took to her Twitter account yesterday to condone the Tories “offensive” immigration policy, as she branded it “disastrous” for the economy. However, eagle-eyed voters were quick to remind Ms Sturgeon that she had previously outlined a “points-based approach” for Scotland’s immigration system
The Tory points system will come into effect next month to limit “unskilled” migration from the EU and rest of the world.
Ms Sturgeon originally tweeted: “Tory immigration policy is offensive in principle – it labels vital workers, making a big contribution as ‘low skilled’ & slams the door in their faces.
“And it is disastrous in practice – it will badly damage our economy. We must get powers to create policy for our needs & values.”
It was not long before her followers engaged in a heated debate over the new legislation on social media.
Nicola Sturgeon faced backlash over her comments on the new UK immigration system
The SNP leader took to her Twitter account yesterday to condone the Tories “offensive” immigration p
One said: “Ok I’m scratching my wee head here.. I swear the SNP proposed the exact same immigration policy.. ye wee scoundrel.”
Another replied: “These proposals will force up wages for unskilled workers – I thought you were a socialist?”
A third vented: “The policy is the same/similar to that utilised by countries worldwide, you and SNP are doing more damage to Scotland’s economy than this policy will do to UK’s economy.”
Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said in an interview with LBC’s Nick Ferrari that the policy will still allow “builders” access to work in the UK.
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Twitter users reminded Ms Sturgeon that she had previously outlined a points system for Scotland.
She said: ”Of course if they have the right kind of skills, if they are sponsored by an employer, a building firm, a contractor, then, of course, they will be able to come into the UK.”
Ms Patel added: “The fact of the matter is that the British public spoke,” and said it wanted to see a British Government with its own immigration policy and system, a Government that is in control… and end our reliance effectively on low skilled workers who are more often than not are also low paid.”
It has been claimed by ministers that the new laws will create a “significant reduction” in migration with advisors saying that up to 70% of EU workers allowed into the UK since 2004 would not have qualified under the new system.
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Priti Patel said “builders” will still have access to UK
Ms Patel urged firms to take advantage of the 8.5m “economically inactive” Britons
Industries have panicked at the news, as they fear losing vital staff after Ms Patel urged firms to take advantage of the 8.5m “economically inactive” Britons.
Ms Patel said in a statement: “We have over 8m people – that is 20 percent of the workforce – aged between 16 and 64 that are economically inactive right now.
“It is down to businesses to work well with the Government and join us in investing in people, levelling up across the UK so we can have wage growth across the entire country.”
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However, this may prove difficult to fulfil as only 1.9m of the 8.48m unemployed have said they would be available to work if necessary.
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth branded Ms Patel’s comments “clueless”, adding: “Not only are these proposals hugely damaging for our economy… they’re potentially devastating for our health and care sector.”
Ms Patel has admitted that her own parents would not have been allowed entrance to UK under the new laws after they migrated from Uganda in the 1960s when rules were flexible.
The Home Secretary has insisted that businesses make necessary adjustments to meet the new requirements.
To be allowed a visa under the new system, you will have to gain a total of 70 points to apply.
She said: “It’s important that businesses engage with them and invest in people.
“If they invested in and supported them, more people would be able to work in many of the sectors.”
To be allowed a visa to enter the UK under the new system, you will have to gain a total of 70 points to apply.