Liberal Democrat MPs will today vote against the Government’s Immigration Bill, because it “fails to establish an immigration system to replace free movement” and grants “excessive powers to the Government to make changes to immigration law without primary legislation”.
The Liberal Democrats have tabled a reasoned amendment to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, which has its Second Reading in the House of Commons this evening.
Ahead of the vote, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:
“The Windrush scandal and countless other failings show that the immigration system is not fit for purpose.
“The Tories shouldn’t even be thinking about extending it to cover millions of EU citizens before they have fixed the existing problems, starting by scrapping Theresa May’s hostile environment and taking responsibility for immigration away from the Home Office.”
Amendment text in full:
That this House declines to give a Second Reading to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill because the Bill fails to secure the rights of British citizens to live, work and study in other EU Member States and the rights of EU citizens to do likewise in the UK; fails to fully guarantee the rights of British citizens across the EU and EU citizens already in the UK; fails to establish an immigration system to replace free movement that would allow businesses and public services to recruit the workers they need; contains no provisions to dismantle the hostile environment or to make the immigration system simpler and fairer; and denies parliamentary sovereignty by granting excessive powers to the Government to make changes to immigration law without primary legislation