Theresa May’s electoral prospects depend on how she deals with mass uncontrolled immigration post Brexit

The Sun Opinions 1 month ago

Now that her Chequers sell out has gone down like a lead balloon with the public, the Prime Minister will be scrabbling around looking to take back the initiative ahead of Parliament’s return next month.

As usual, she’ll be more focused on the advice of civil servants than her own colleagues or the guidance from her Chief Whip or the wider Cabinet.

 David Davis’s former Chief of Staff Stewart Jackson tells The Sun that Theresa May is preparing to water down her promise to end Freedom of Movement

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David Davis’s former Chief of Staff Stewart Jackson tells The Sun that Theresa May is preparing to water down her promise to end Freedom of Movement

She would be unwise to ignore the evidence from polls and her own MPs, that the settled opinion of the country is simply “thus far and no further” and that instead the best way to get back onto the front foot is to work up more concessions to the EU and specifically, surrendering the last major red line: On mass uncontrolled immigration via free movement.

We can see clues of further surrender in the fuzzy language from the Chequers agreement: The Government is commitment to “allowing citizens to travel freely without a visa, for tourism and temporary business activity…” But what will “temporary” really mean? Will our current free movement regime be rebadged as a “Labour Mobility Framework”?

Such a move, speculated on in the media this week, would be politically toxic and very poorly timed. It would also betray her own instincts, which she rightly gave voice to when she became Prime Minister.

Striking a chord with millions of people angry and alienated at their voices being ignored by the political elite on immigration and the downside of globalisation, delivered for her record poll ratings then and a real feeling of hope that at last people in power were listening.

 Stewart Jackson says that a u-turn on immigration from Europe after Brexit by the PM is set to be the 'next big climb down' from Downing Street

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Stewart Jackson says that a u-turn on immigration from Europe after Brexit by the PM is set to be the 'next big climb down' from Downing Street

Yes, the main driver for the Leave vote was about democracy, independence and national sovereignty but it was also about the fundamental choice that a UK outside the EU would have: Who comes to our country and on what basis – decided by our own Parliament.

Voters have noticed that the tightening of the labour market and record employment levels, as revealed by the Office for National Statistics last week, mean that at long last real wages – i.e. pay packets less inflation – are slowly rising and that belatedly big business is beginning to move away from an over reliance on cheap foreign labour, undercutting the pay and conditions of indigenous workers and giving rise to higher welfare dependency.

It might seem a radical concept, but such employers might just have to pay workers decent wages, train them better, improve their skills and try hard to retain them. That’s why EU workers are still coming to the UK in huge numbers, despite ridiculous Project Fear stories to the contrary.

So yes – Brexit will mean higher pay for British workers! Top businessman Stuart Rose, briefly spokesman for the Remain campaign, accurately predicted such a development before the EU Referendum.

 Stewart Jackson says a driver for Brexit was for who comes to our country and on what basis to be decided by our own Parliament

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Stewart Jackson says a driver for Brexit was for who comes to our country and on what basis to be decided by our own Parliament

Regrettably, the multinationals’ trades union, the CBI didn’t get the message: No surprise that they now want no restrictions on foreign workers post Brexit – in other words an endless pool of cheap labour just like now.

Likewise, they’re happy to defend the growing gap between average pay and that of FTSE 100 bosses.

Ironically, The Prime Minister could still snatch victory from defeat on this issue, notwithstanding her lamentable record as Home Secretary on reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands.

The alternative White Paper which David Davis and his Ministers were working on prior to it being dumped at Chequers, was much more evidence-based and looked to many workable international examples of mobility agreements between first world countries like Australia, the United States, Japan and Canada, as a model for future EU-UK immigration arrangements, to our mutual benefit.

 Stewart Jackson was MP for Peterborough and Chief of Staff to David Davis as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

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Stewart Jackson was MP for Peterborough and Chief of Staff to David Davis as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The policy would have been informed by the Migration Advisory Committee which reports next month, focused on what was the sensible policy for the whole of the UK and all business sectors rather than a noisy minority and their well-paid advocates.

It also sought to end the systemic bias towards low paid and low skilled EU citizens over the well qualified from across the globe.

It was pro controlled immigration and not about pulling up the drawbridge and that’s where most British voters are now.

Will Theresa May use the opportunity to keep faith with the millions of people in the north and the midlands, in south Wales and south west, who look to her to keep her promises and defend their interests and not just those of the well heeled, the multinationals and those comfortable with the Brussels status quo?

 The electoral prospects of the Conservative Party depend on how Sajid Javid and Theresa May, among others, deal with the immigration question

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The electoral prospects of the Conservative Party depend on how Sajid Javid and Theresa May, among others, deal with the immigration question

Will putative leadership contender Sajid Javid have the courage to resist further attempts at craven supplication on continuing free movement in all but name? Will Conservative MPs who benefited from the highest ever blue collar vote for their party in history, ignore their own electors’ concerns and just accept further concessions?

The electoral prospects of her party depend on it.

  • Stewart Jackson was MP for Peterborough and Chief of Staff to Rt Hon David Davis as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
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