Is Boris right to say economic migrants should learn English? –


BORIS JOHNSON pledged an Australian-style immigration system if he becomes Prime Minister, which would require prospective economic migrants to learn English. But do you think Mr Johnson’s immigration plan is right?

The former Foreign Secretary said last night: “We must be much more open to high-skilled immigration such as scientists.

“But we must also assure the public that, as we leave the EU, we have control over the number of unskilled immigrants coming into the country.

“We must be tougher on those who abuse our hospitality.

“Other countries such as Australia have great systems and we should learn from them.”

The immigration system that is used in Australia involves scoring migrants on a points system to work out how they will be valuable to the economy, including their qualifications, skills and age.

Applicants also have to be aged under 50 to apply.

Mr Johnson said EU citizens already here would have their rights protected unilaterally, even if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

Sources in the former Foreign Secretary’s campaign team told the Daily Mail the legislation would be introduced immediately through changes to the existing Immigration Bill, although the new system will not be brought in until 2021.

Meanwhile, some Remain-supporting MPs will attempt to block a no deal Brexit by cutting off some of the Government’s funding, The Sun reported.

Former Conservative Attorney General Dominic Grieve and former Labour Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett have tabled amendments to routine finance legislation.

The vote will take place on Tuesday July 2.

Mr Grieve told The Sun: “The suggestion that we could or should be taken out of the EU without the consent of the House of Commons is fundamentally wrong, and frankly unconstitutional.”

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