Immigration that works for Britain
Liberal Democrats pledge to bring back control of our borders.
The Liberal Democrats are proud that Britain is a welcoming and outward facing nation. If people come here to work and play by the rules, it is in our best interest to welcome them.
While the vast majority of people would agree, they do not support the small minority who come here simply to exploit the UK benefits system.
If Britain is to benefit from highly skilled and talented workers, we need an immigration system which is properly managed. For years, the system was neglected which caused people to lose confidence and feel threatened.
The last Labour Government let immigration get out of control – they didn't even know who was in the UK at any one time! It is no wonder that people have lost faith in Labour on immigration.
For all the Conservative tough talk on immigration they have been dragging their feet over bringing back border checks. It's not lost on people that they've quietly ditched their pledge to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands.
The Liberal Democrats will bring back full border checks, phased out by successive Conservative and Labour governments, that allow us to know who is coming in and leaving the country, allowing the Government to identify and deport those who overstay their visa.