British Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that the UK will have full control over its immigration system for the first time in decades post Brexit.
In a speech yesterday, the prime minister pledged to significantly reduce low-skilled immigration while ensuring the UK still brings in needed skilled workers.
The new skills-based system will make sure low-skilled immigration is brought down and set the UK on the path to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, as we promised,” stated Mrs May.
“Two years ago, the British public voted to leave the European Union and take back control of our borders,” the prime minister continued. “When we leave we will bring in a new immigration system that ends freedom of movement once and for all.
“It will be a system that looks across the globe and attracts the people with the skills we need. Crucially it will be fair to ordinary working people. For too long people have felt they have been ignored on immigration and that politicians have not taken their concerns seriously enough.”
The speech backed up recent recommendations made in a report by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. The report was also supported by the Labour Party.
The immigration crackdown will be unveiled by Home Secretary Sajid Javid in his speech on day three of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
The plans will then be outlined in detail in a white paper to be published later this autumn and the government plans to implement them in an immigration bill to be included in next year’s Queen’s Speech.
Under the government’s proposals, there will be a new single immigration system that treats EU countries the same as non-EU countries.
Article published 2nd October 2018