telegraph.co.uk / By Peter Dominiczak / 13 Mar 2013, 4:06PM GMT
David Cameron has publicly slapped down plans by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to impose tough new visa restrictions on Brazilian tourists.
Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the House of Commons. Photo: PA
Amid growing rumours that Mrs May is positioning herself for a future leadership campaign, Mr Cameron used Prime Minister’s Questions to reject proposals for new regulations for Brazilian visitors to the UK.
Mrs May had suggested ending the agreement that allows Brazilians up to six months in the UK without a visa over concerns about illegal immigration from the country.
However, she has now cancelled the plan following concerns that it would impact business links with the country as well as the UK tourism industry.
John Thurso, the Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, told the Commons he was concerned that “changes to visas are likely to suppress the number of visitors coming, particularly from Brazil”.
However, Mr Cameron said the Government is working to ensure it attracts tourists coming to the UK from developing economies.