Latest figures showing that net migration has remained near record levels shows the government has failed miserably in its promises to cut immigration, said local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott today.
“These figures reveal that net migration at 335,000 was the second highest number on record and the number of EU citizens coming to live in the country at 284,000 is a record,” he said.
“The EU accounts for only 6% of the world’s population, yet almost half of all immigration to the UK. Everything UKIP has said on immigration is coming true, yet still some people try to maintain the fiction that we can control immigration without leaving the EU,” said Mr Arnott.
“The overall figures mean a city the size of Newcastle-on-Tyne being added to our population from net immigration alone each year – which puts increasing pressure of our already struggling NHS, education system, housing and infrastructure.
“We have voted to leave the EU and the fact that so many of those moving here are from that bloc shows that Brexit should be fast-tracked not delayed at every twist and turn,” said Mr Arnott.