Liberal Youth’s statement on today’s speech by Nick Clegg’s on immigration policy.
Nick Clegg’s announcement on immigration will damage his plans to build a stronger economy in a fairer society. Immigration is fundamental to building a stronger economy, and a fairer society cannot exist whilst there is discrimination of nationality.
If Nick Clegg truly wants to enable everyone to get on in life, he should re-consider this new illiberal stance on immigration.
Liberal Youth oppose Nick Clegg’s ‘security bonds’ policy, which will stifle foreign entrepreneurship and investment in Britain. We should be encouraging people to start up businesses in here, which create jobs and economic growth. We cannot say we are being open and tolerant on immigration, whilst putting up further barriers to those who want to come into this country, to work and to get on.
Nick Clegg has failed to learn from Labour’s mistakes on immigration, by proposing a bloated bureaucratic solution which is neither liberal nor economically viable.
Kavya Kaushik, Co-Chair of Liberal Youth says:
Nick Clegg’s ‘security bond’ policy will damage his plans to build a stronger economy in a fairer society. This policy is economically flawed, patronising to those who want to come to Britain and get on, and a betrayal of the party’s liberal values
Liberal Youth urges this policy to be reconsidered and a truly liberal and economically viable approach taken instead.