Following the reports that the Government has taken the Immigration Bill from the order paper, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
“I’m glad the Government has listened to Liberal Democrat concerns and decided not to move the Immigration Bill today. Now Conservative Ministers should use this delay to reconsider their destructive plans to end free movement.
“The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the enormous contributions that workers from all over the world make to our NHS, social care and other essential services. They are protecting us and putting their lives on the line every single day.
“By ending free movement, the Government would make it harder for doctors and nurses to come to work in the NHS and charge them thousands of pounds in fees for the privilege. And it would make it virtually impossible to recruit social care workers from overseas.
“Liberal Democrats are opposing these plans to end free movement. The Government should abandon them and instead build a fair, effective immigration system that treats everyone with dignity and respect.”