Letter to Home Secretary

Business tells Patel: ‘we can work out new immigration plan’

Letter: Carolyn Fairbairn and Karen Betts (pics: Terry Murden)

Britain’s most powerful business organisations have offered to work with Home Secretary Priti Patel to design a new immigration system.

They have welcomed recent indications from government about removing the £30,000 salary threshold and scrapping the net migration target.

Now they want a new system that satisfies public demands for greater controls while ensuring businesses are not starved of the labour they need.

Message: Priti Patel

In a letter to Ms Patel they say the government’s plans to replace the salary test and target with an Australia-style points system “have sent positive and important signals around the world that the UK is open for business.”

Among the signatories are CBI director general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, British Chambers of Commerce CEO Adam Marshall, Scotch Whisky Association CEO Karen Betts and Oil & Gas UK CEO Deirdre Michie.

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