December 19, 2018 / 12:53 PM / 8 months ago

May says sticking to pledge to reduce annual net migration to tens of thousands

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was sticking to a pledge to reduce annual net migration to Britain to less than 100,000.

The government is due to publish a long-awaited policy paper on its post-Brexit immigration plans on Wednesday, and interior minister Sajid Javid earlier refused to say whether he was committed to the Conservative Party’s long-standing pledge.

Asked by a lawmaker in parliament if she was sticking to the “tens of thousands” target, May said: “Yes”.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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