Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today blasted the Prime Minister's plans to reduce immigration levels warning that "arbitrary restrictions and toxic rhetoric" would leave businesses and the health service operating "with one arm tied behind their back". He also called for Ruth Davidson to confirm whether she supports the Prime Minister's proposals.
The plans announced this morning have already been condemned by business organisations, with the Confederation of British Industry warning that it would make the shortage of care, construction and hospitality workers worse, adding: "Restricting access to the workers the UK needs is self-defeating."
Mr Rennie said:
"With an ageing population, Scotland and indeed the whole of the UK needs immigration in order to flourish.
"An immigration policy based on arbitrary restrictions and toxic rhetoric will hurt our appeal as a destination for global talent and leave our businesses and health service operating with one hand tied behind their backs.
"Ruth Davidson needs to make clear whether she backs the Prime Minister's misguided proposals.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats are on the side of British business and the NHS. We demand better."