Responding to Conservative plans to halt businesses’ access to workers from the EU, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“With these plans, the Conservatives are turning their backs on British businesses and public services.
“Hospitals, care homes, construction firms and other businesses already struggle to hire the workers they need – and these changes will make that problem much worse.
“No wonder Theresa May has delayed setting out these policies for over a year. They are just so damaging for British jobs, our economy and the public services we all rely on.
“The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must ditch its net migration target and hostile environment policies, and adopt an effective and compassionate approach to immigration that works for everyone.”