High-skilled workers will be given priority over those who head to the UK for low-paid jobs under new immigration rules after Brexit, Theresa May has said.
The Prime Minister confirmed that European Union countries will be treated the same as those across the rest of the world when the new system is introduced after the Cabinet agreed the move last month.
Tourists and visitors making short trips to the UK from low-risk countries would be dealt with swiftly through electronic visa checks.
Mrs May said the long-awaited Tory immigration plans would be fair for “ordinary working people”.
“Two years ago, the British public voted to leave the European Union and take back control of our borders.
When we leave we will bring in a new immigration system that ends freedom of movement once and for all.
For the first time in decades, it will be this country that controls and chooses who we want to come here.
It will be a skills based system where it is workers’ skills that matter, not where they come from. 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.
– THERESA MAY
She added the new system will bring down low skilled immigration while training up British people to fill available roles.
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid is preparing to set out the immigration blueprint in a speech to the Conservative party conference.
He told Tory grassroots at a meeting on the fringes on Monday that he wanted an open system that allowed Britain to attract the best talent from across the globe.
It comes after the Migration Advisory Committee published a Government-commissioned report last month.
The committee said that if immigration is not part of the negotiations with the EU and the UK is deciding its future system in isolation there should be no preference given to citizens from the European Economic Area (EEA).