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Greens sign letter against Tories' 'toxic' immigration plan

Green Party leader Steven Agnew is among the critics of the Tories' immigration stance. Picture by Hugh Russell

GREEN leader Steven Agnew and his counterparts in Britain have joined Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Plaid Cymru in condemning the UK government's "toxic" stance on immigration.

Mr Agnew and the SNP leader signed a joint statement criticising the "divisive rhetoric" from the Tories following Home Secretary Amber Rudd's speech announcing measures aimed at curbing the number of people coming to Britain.

The statement was also signed by the Green Party leaders in England, Scotland and Wales along with Leanne Wood from Plaid Cymru.

As well as Ms Rudd's controversial package of measures, the Tory conference has heard Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announce plans aimed at reducing the NHS's reliance on foreign staff and Prime Minister Theresa May insist that controls on immigration will be part of the Brexit settlement with the European Union.

The joint SNP-Plaid Cymru-Green response said: "The countries of the United Kingdom face a spiralling political and economic crisis. At the top of the Conservative Party, the narrow vote in favour of leaving the EU has now been interpreted as the pretext for a drastic cutting of ties with Europe, which would have dire economic results - and as an excuse for the most toxic rhetoric on immigration we have seen from any government in living memory."

The statement continued that they would resist attempts to present "the people of these islands...as a reactionary, xenophobic mass..."

The party leaders said they would work together "to resist the Tories' toxic politics".

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