30 May 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster met Home Secretary Sajid Javid this morning in Belfast. Their discussions included issues relating to the Immigration Bill and development of the economy post-Brexit.
Speaking after the meeting Mrs Foster said, “It was a pleasure to welcome the Home Secretary to Belfast and to have a useful discussion with him. Diane Dodds and I have engaged with the Home Secretary previously on the Immigration Bill and he has agreed to looking at the issue of regional pay. Previously, the Migration Advisory Committee had recommended a salary threshold of £30,000 for skilled migrants coming to the UK. This is a high threshold which is not reflective of the labour market in Northern Ireland or some other UK regions.
It is important that Northern Ireland has access to the skills necessary to develop our economy in the future and the Home Secretary is fully engaged on that issue. It was particularly appropriate that our meeting took place in the Grand Central Hotel, one of Belfast newest developments and provided Mr Javid with an opportunity to see how the skyline of Belfast is changing and the potential we have for the future.
We discussed the importance of the four nations of the United Kingdom moving forward as one country. Together the United Kingdom is more than just the sum of its parts and it is important that we leave the European Union in a way which benefits all parts of the UK.
During his visit he has also heard directly from business representatives and I greatly appreciated his commitment to work with us closely in the future.”