LABOUR last night vowed to keep free movement for EU citizens and to allow tens of thousands more immigrants from the rest of the world into Britain.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn promised to tear up rules which mean new arrivals must be earning at least £18,600 if they want their families to join them.
His party also said it would not put any limit on the number of people moving to Britain.
The announcement is a radical departure from Labour’s 2017 manifesto pledge to end free movement.
And it is set to infuriate voters in the party’s heartlands who backed Brexit because they wanted immigration cut.
Labour’s manifesto states: “We recognise the social and economic benefits that free movement has brought both in terms of EU citizens here and UK citizens abroad — and we will seek to protect those rights.
“In accordance with our values and domestic laws, we will uphold the right to a family life for British, EU and non-EU residents alike.
“We will end the deportation of family members of people entitled to be here and end the minimum income requirements which separate families.”
Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis warned it would lead to higher immigration and put yet more strain on Britain’s public services.
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He said: “Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have a plan to get Brexit done.
“Instead, the Labour manifesto offers higher immigration, more pressure on our public services and a 2020 dominated by two referendums.
“Only the Conservatives will Get Brexit Done so we can introduce an Australian-style points system that means we can attract the brightest and high-skilled workers we need while getting overall immigration down.”
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