A surge in EU workers coming to Britain in the run up to June’s Brexit vote sent immigration to a new record high of 650,000, official figures revealed today.
Net migration – the difference between those entering Britain and those leaving – hit was 335,000 in the year to June, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the third highest level on record.
The new figures mean net migration is still running at more than triple the Government’s target and increases pressure on Theresa May to agree a Brexit deal that reduces EU migration to the UK.
The latest surge in numbers was caused by a new record influx of EU citizens coming to the UK before the referendum.
A total of 284,000 EU migrants came to the UK in the year to June, while only 95,000 left in the same period.
Net migration from the EU rose by 9,000 to reach 189,000 – the equivalent to adding a county the size of Herefordshire to the UK in one year.