Boris Johnson Believes the New Immigration System Will Focus on People, Not Passports


The freedom of movement between the UK and the EU awaits termination on December 31, 2020, at the end of the transition period. The Conservative government has planned to unveil an Australian-style points based system by early 2021. The system has it that foreigners aspiring to stay and work in the UK will be assigned points according to their skills, education, command of the English language and more criteria.


The freedom of movement still works for EU nationals, yet third country citizens will be assessed and given points. They will also require a sponsoring enterprise in the UK and sufficient income to be eligible for a visa.


In the meantime, Boris Johnson promised a more fair immigration system that would 'put people before passports'. The question is how the government will manage the new policy and whether there’s going to be a cap over a skill-based system.


In his recent speech, the Prime Minister characterised the UK as a ‘one-stop shop for the ambitious growing international economy’ thus encouraging foreign investment. At the UK-Africa Investment Summit, Johnson also touched upon the coal industry in the country and overseas. He promised that ‘not another penny of UK taxpayers' money will be directly invested in digging up coal or burning it for electricity’. The Prime Minister emphasised that the government would be turning to low and zero carbon options. 


In this regard, the shadow international development minister Preet Kaur Gill commented that the Tories would keep on channeling the country’s aid funds to fulfill the demands of large businesses rather than addressing the global poverty and inequality issues.


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