A temporary cap on the number of skilled workers from outside the EU allowed into the UK was introduced “unlawfully”, the High Court has ruled.
Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the cap this summer as an interim measure ahead of a permanent cap. But a legal challenge to it was upheld with judges ruling that ministers had “sidestepped” Parliamentary scrutiny.
The Home Office said this did not imperil its flagship immigration policy but Labour said it was in “chaos”.
The BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw said the ruling was an embarrassment and a setback for the coalition but was not a fatal blow to its plan for a permanent cap on non-EU migration.
The ruling has nullified the current temporary cap, meaning it is no longer in force.
Governments comment – “I am disappointed with today’s verdict,” Immigration minister Damian Green. Full article here.