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Introduction of immigration cap deemed 'unlawful'

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".

Tom Symonds reports.

  • 17 Dec 2010