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Rishi Sunak says he ‘inherited’ very high immigration from Boris Johnson

Rishi Sunak says he ‘inherited’ very high immigration from Boris Johnson

Rishi Sunak says he ‘inherited’ very high immigration from Boris Johnson
Nov 30, 2023 59 secs

Rishi Sunak has blamed high levels of net migration on Boris Johnson, saying he had “inherited these very large numbers” that he was determined to bring down.

The prime minister vowed to “do what is necessary” to bring net migration down, as he comes under pressure from the right of his party to reduce the number of new arrivals to the UK before the next election.

Revised estimates showed last week that net migration reached a record 745,000 in 2022, after post-Brexit changes to the immigration system brought in under Boris Johnson.

His comments appeared to express frustration with the government’s failure to adopt his suggestions to curb overall migration in line with a 2019 manifesto pledge to bring levels down below 250,000.

Asked if he had blocked Jenrick’s plan to cut net migration a year ago and whether he backed the idea of an overall cap, Sunak said: “We have taken significant action already but we are prepared to do more.

Suella Braverman, who was sacked as home secretary, has claimed that the PM reneged on a deal to implement policies such as caps on the number of work visas or increasing minimum salary levels while she was in office.

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