Iain Duncan Smith backs Leave campaign

12 May 2016
Former Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has issued a warning regarding a possible crisis in the economic health of UK workers and families caused by spiralling immigration. Mr Smith announced his backing of the Leave campaign by also agreeing with the warnings over the need for Britain to better control its borders.
Ex-Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that young families based in London now need to undertake longer commutes and navigate an increasingly difficult housing market. Mr Smith has also said that the effect of high levels of immigration is causing families to relocate. He also warned parents that getting their children a place at the school of their choice would become increasingly challenging as London’s population grows further.
This intervention forms part of a targeted Brexit initiation. Mr Smith also used this intervention to put forward complaints made by UK workers that they are losing out to migrants from Eastern Europe who are able to live free of housing or family costs. He cited the Olympic Park construction as an example of when UK workers lost out on jobs due to these being offered to migrant workers.
The Chingford and Woodford Green MP said that one of the negative economic consequences of the current levels of immigration is the rising cost of housing. He stated: “Young people are the biggest losers. They are being forced to pay an ever larger share of their incomes on accommodation, are suffering longer commutes and often have to move far away from their families.” Mr Smith also said that public services would face even more pressure and that the taxpayer would have to fund additional school places, which, according to the former Tory MP, would be equivalent to building 100 primary schools or a further 27 secondary schools.
The former Tory MP argued that the free movement of workers benefited economically thriving countries such as Germany, large multi-national companies and the wealthy because of the availability of cheaper labour, but threatened to increase the number of people stuck in the middle, trying to survive. Mr Smith went on to say: “The EU isn’t working for over-regulated small businesses and lower-paid and lower-skilled Britons.” Mr Smith has also further added to the Conservative conflict over the EU by arguing that David Cameron extended Germany a “de facto veto” on his EU renegotiations, which then forced him to have to back out of a plan for an emergency immigration brake, just hours prior to this being unveiled.
The new Major of London, Sadiq Khan, has stated that he will continue to back David Cameron’s campaign to remain in the EU. Jeremy Corbyn has also recently spoken out for the Remain campaign, despite scepticism about his previous opinions on the EU. Corbyn said: “Labour is for staying in because we believe the EU has brought investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment.” Sir Nicholas Soames, former Tory MP has also backed the Remain campaign by stating that his grandfather Sir Winston Churchill would have urged Britain to stay in the EU.
The campaign buses for the Vote Leave and the Labour In campaign are now in preparations to start their journey for the final 44 days before the referendum.


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