Keir Starmer says Britain’s ‘immigration dependency’ must end in speech at CBI conference |  Political news

Keir Starmer says Britain’s ‘immigration dependency’ must end in speech at CBI conference | Political news

Sir Keir Starmer will say in his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) that the British economy needs to be helped out of its “immigration dependency”.

At the event on Tuesday, the Labor leader will say the focus should be on “investing more in training workers who are already there”.

The party says this means Labor will make the immigration system work better for business needs, but at the same time business must have a plan to develop the skills of British workers.

It adds that the current system is not working and has led to delays in filling labor shortages and stagnant wages and poor working conditions that are rife in some sectors of the economy.

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Mr Kur will also warn bosses that “the days when low wages and cheap labor are part of the UK’s way of growth must come to an end”.

The Labor leader will say he wants the party to embark on a “new partnership” with business that will result in a “fairer, greener and more dynamic Britain” where “aspiration is rewarded”.

Sir Keir will add that a future Labor government under his leadership will be “pragmatic” about the grassroots shortage of people and will not ignore the need for skilled people to enter the country.

He will argue for a points-based immigration system that works for British workers and British businesses, not a return to freedom of movement.

“But I want to be clear here: with my Labor government, any movement in our points-based migration system, be it through the skilled trades route or through the list of labor shortages, will create new conditions for business,” expects Sir Keir. say.

“We expect you to come up with a clear plan for higher skills and more training, for better wages and conditions, for investments in new technology.

“But our common goal must be to help the British economy move away from immigration dependency. To invest more in training workers who are already here.

“Migration is part of our national story – always has been and always will be. And the Labor Party will never diminish the contribution it makes to the economy, to public services, to your businesses and our communities.

“But let me tell you – the days of low wages and cheap labor being part of the UK’s way of growth must come to an end.

“Now, I know most companies understand this. But when we look at our economy as a whole, it can seem like we’re more comfortable hiring people to work in low-paid, precarious, sometimes exploitative contracts, than that we invest in the new technology that delivers results for employees, productivity and our country.

“And we can’t compete like that. Britain’s low-wage model has to go. It doesn’t serve working people. It’s not compatible with grassroots growth.

“The three big priorities for my Labor government, the principles our partnership must deliver to move Britain forward, are: one – economic stability, two – higher skills, three – green growth.

“I’ll put it simply: every company in this room has a strategy for growth. A nation needs one too.”

PM: ‘I believe in Brexit and know it can deliver results’

On Monday, Rishi Sunak reiterated his commitment to Brexit in his speech at the CBI conference, amid reports the government could push for a closer “Swiss-style” deal with the EU.

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Prime Minister: ‘I believe in Brexit’

The prime minister said he was “unequivocal” that he would not return to any alignment with EU law.

“I voted in favor of Brexit, I believe in Brexit and I know that Brexit can bring the country back and is already bringing enormous benefits and opportunities,” he added.

Mr Sunak pointed to having “good control of our borders” when it comes to migration as one of the benefits, adding: “We weren’t able to do that within the European Union, at least now we have control over it.”

But his comments came shortly after CBI boss Tony Danker called on the government to do so use immigration to solve the UK’s labor shortagesaying it should be “practical” on the matter.

Brexit meant that many foreign workers could no longer easily work in the UK and companies are struggling to hire – especially in sectors such as the hospitality industry, which have relied heavily on European staff in recent years.

Despite four quarterly declines this year, total job openings remain high at over 1.2 million.

Mr Danker told the conference that the UK labor shortage was “massive”, adding: “It’s time to be honest – we don’t have the people we need, nor do we have the productivity. “

However, Mr Sunak insisted that the UK has “one of the world’s most attractive visa regimes for entrepreneurs and highly skilled people”, adding: “The country’s number one priority right now when it comes to migration is tackling of illegal migration.”

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CBI: ‘We really don’t know how we’re going to get growth going’

A report in this weekend’s Sunday Times claimed that some in government were looking for a new deal with the EU, similar to Switzerland’s, to try to improve economic ties – especially after the recent market turmoil that has damaged the UK economy and the ongoing problems with the Northern Ireland protocol.

That deal means the Swiss have chosen entry into the single market and lifts controls on many goods, but means they’re part of the common Schengen travel area and pay into the bloc’s coffers.

Number 10 has vehemently denied the option is on the table, while Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News the government would “stick to the relationship we have made”.

But, he added, “That doesn’t mean we’re not interested in improving our trade relations with the European Union or even in my sphere, our security and migration partnership with the European Union.”

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