Diane Abbott, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, commenting on the latest fake news from Tory HQ on freedom of movement, said “Dog whistle anti-migrant nonsense is the Tories’ fall back position. The truth is Conservative immigration policy is a toxic mess. They deported our own citizens and want to use the immigration system to create a two-tier workforce to benefit their billionaire friends. They also cut public services, homes and schools to fund handouts for the richest – and then blame migrants for the consequences of their own policies.
“This is just dodgy Tory accounting on our plans, when they are unable to put a figure on their own. They cannot be trusted. Most European migrants come here to work and are large net contributors to public finances.
“Unlike the Tories, the public understands the value people from the EU and beyond have made not just to the NHS but to almost every aspect of our lives. Labour recognises the social and economic benefits that free movement has brought for EU citizens here and for UK citizens abroad and we will seek to protect those rights. Only Labour will build a humane system which meets the needs of communities and our economy.”