Responding to today’s migration statistics UKIP Immigration Spokesman John Bickley said, “Almost 600 thousand migrants arrived in the UK last year according to figures released by the ONS this morning. After emigration is subtracted – including 228,000 UK citizens that is a city the size of Hull arriving to stay permanently.
“Today’s migration figures show yet again that the Tories’ promise of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands is a hollow promise: are they misleading the British people or incompetent, most likely both.
“Earlier this week the Brexit minister David Davis let the cat out of the bag by indicating that uncontrolled immigration from the EU may never be brought under control. What happened to Vote Leave to ‘take back control’.
“The Conservatives have no intention of controlling immigration: non-EU immigration is something that the Government have total control of and yet they have totally failed in bringing the numbers down in any meaningful way. They simply cannot be trusted to control immigration and our borders.
“Today’s figures also show that migration from Romania and Bulgaria has soared to its highest ever levels. UKIP warned about this but were slated by the political and media establishment, perhaps they might listen to us in future.
“However, let’s not forget that today’s figures, which continue to show immigration at unsustainable levels, were seeded by Labour, who deliberately engineered mass uncontrolled immigration for electoral advantage.
“In last year’s Referendum 17.4 million made their views clear about unsustainable levels of immigration, and with their vote to Leave they voted to take back control of immigration and of our borders. UKIP is the only party telling the British people the truth about immigration and is the only party that can be trusted to deliver what the majority of British people want.“