Pro-EU former ministers finally admit they were WRONG about migrants during EU debate

A TRIO of Remain-backing former minister have admitted they were wrong about migrants during the European Union referendum.


GETTY    Ex-ministers including Lib Dem Norman Lamb have admitted they were wrong about migrants

Former ministers from Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems have accepted that voters’ concerns about immigration came from a desire for “managed migration” and not prejudice.Tory Anna Soubry, Lib Dem Norman Lamb and Labour’s Pat McFadden made the comments as they launched the pro-EU campaign group Open Britain yesterday.

Anna Soubry

GETTY     Former Tory minister Anna Soubry was one of those making the remarks

They said: “For too long we have ducked an open debate over immigration.“The strength of feeling is clear.

Pat McFadden

GETTY      Former Labour minister Pat McFadden also admitted the Remain campaign was wrong

“This was not an expression of prejudice but a desire for managed migration and concern that rapid immigration can put pressure on public services and communities.”

The new pressure group – which takes over from the official Remain campaign group Stronger In – will urge Theresa May not to “pull up the drawbridge” and secure the best trade deals with the Brussels bloc.

It comes as the Prime Minister calls on pro-EU civil servants to deliver Brexit.There are fears Remain-backing mandarins in Whitehall could sabotage an EU exit.

But a Downing Street source said: “The Prime Minister has been very clear that the Government will deliver on the Brexit vote and make a success of it.“Those are the marching orders and the civil service will be expected to deliver.”

And a top Brexit campaigner has called on Brexit-blocking civil servants to be sacked.Tory MP Steve Baker called for parliament to pass “emergency legislation” to make it possible.

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