BROMSGROVE MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid has promised Britain’s immigration system will get tougher after Brexit and insisted there will be a “complete end” to freedom of movement.
Mr Javid also said it’s “very unlikely” MPs would see the government’s post-Brexit immigration plans before the crucial Parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal next week (December, 11).
It means MPs will be unaware of what they are voting for in terms of future immigration policy.
“It’s important that the proposal is well thought-out before it is eventually published,” said Mr Javid.
“To do this I have spent much of my time listening and talking to cabinet colleagues and businesses about Brexit.
The government had not set a publication date for the whitepaper plans but said it would be made available during December.
The decision to delay is likely to add to the already growing speculation of how many Conservative MPs will vote against the deal.
Mr Javid said: “We will create an immigration system which is in our national interest – something we haven’t had control over for a while.”
According to the Home Secretary the new system will be “the biggest change in over four decades” and will be based on skill level, not where people come from.
“I’m a big fan of immigration and I think our country is a lot stronger for it over the past few generations.
“I think it’s vital that whatever the post-Brexit immigration system looks like, that we remain a global outward-looking nation which welcomes talent from all over the world.”
Speaking on the Prime Minister’s deal, Mr Javid said: “My head is telling me this is the right deal for the country and it will deliver on what people voted on two years ago.”