Entry 18

British policy towards immigration is about to become more restrictive, following a speech by the Home Secretary (interior minister).

Theresa May, one of the top three most influential government minsters, said high migration made a “cohesive society” impossible and that the UK would not adopt a common EU policy “in a thousand years”.

Her speech, at the annual conference of the centre right governing party, marked a sharp turn to the political right in UK policy.

She called it a “new British approach”. It will mean less welcoming treatment for people who have travelled to the UK from other safe countries and more attention to “helping the most vulnerable people in the world’s most dangerous places”.

But first reactions to her speech from the UK’s leading right wing newspaper were strongly negative. The Daily Telegraph immediately commented with “May’s immigration speech is dangerous and factually wrong”.

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