CAMERON’S IMMIGRATION PLEDGE FAILING
Britain’s population rose by half a million people last year – proving David Cameron’s pledge to tackle immigration is continuing to fail, says Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall.
Of those, net migration into the country added 259,700 to the population.
That was even more than the country’s “natural growth” – births minus deaths – which added 226,200.
The ONS said a quarter of those births were to mothers born outside the UK.
Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West, said: “The Prime Minister can say he wants to crack down on immigration all he likes, but it’s empty words.
“Free movement of people is a tenet of being a member of the European Union, which means 500 million people across the continent can move to live and work in any EU country they choose.
“It sounds like a Utopian dream but the reality is a huge number of those people seek out the UK as a destination because we’re a generous nation.
“The net effect is more people using the NHS, more people attending our schools, more people needing housing, more people on our crowded railway network, and more people on our roads.
“Only by leaving the EU can we begin to get a grip on uncontrolled immigration into this country, which would then enable us to plan properly for the future and the population we already have.”