Conservatives aim to tighten EU freedom of movement rules
David Cameron will seek to tighten restrictions on freedom of movement within the European Union, as Britain has virtually lost control of immigration within the bloc, according to Conservative Cabinet minister.
Sajid Javid, the first Asian man to sit in the Cabinet, insisted the Prime Minister would adopt a tough stance on the issue in his efforts to repatriate powers from Brussels to London.
His comments follow conflicting signals from Tory ministers over whether to attempt to limit future migration from within the EU. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, favours new restrictions, while William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, reportedly believes they would be “undeliverable”.
Mr Javid, the Culture Secretary, told Total Politics magazine that the party stood by its commitment to reduce net migration to tens of thousands by the time of next year’s general election.
But he added: “We do recognise that we as a country today have much more control over non–EU immigration – and we have virtually no control over EU immigration.
“That’s something that we’d like to change but that is much easier said than done at this point and requires renegotiating with our European partners and that’s something that Conservatives are committed to.”
Mr Javid said it was legitimate for voters to raise concerns about levels of immigration to Britain.
“If that’s what people are concerned about, politicians do need to listen and they do need to react. That’s something this Government is trying to do, it’s something the Conservative Party is trying to do. I think that’s very important,” he said.
Mr Javid also suggested that the country was ready for a black or Asian Prime Minister.
He said: “In Britain if you’ve got the merit and the energy I think anyone can achieve anything, regardless of their colour and their race.”
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Follow the latest events from this Champions League fixture
Like Madonna, Sister Cristina Scuccia's video is also set in Venice
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
techThe original free dating app will remain the same, developers say
Endangered species spotted in a creek in the Qinling mountains
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
Ukraine crisis: Donetsk 'tactical missile' explosion at factory sends blast wave across rebel-held city
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Oscar de la Renta dead: Legendary US fashion designer dies after long cancer battle aged 82
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake online report claiming artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
£100 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: IT teacher required immediately...
£60000 - £70000 Per Annum plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Assistant - Windows XP/7/8, Netwo...
£100 - £140 per day + Flexible with benefits: Randstad Education Group: Key St...