Boris Johnson has said to the UK people that the post-Brexit immigration system will “put people before passports”.
PM Johnson has had to fight internal party disputes, opposition and the insurgence of far right wingers in coming up with an adequate immigration plan which meets the British people’s needs.
Speaking at the UK-Africa Investment summit, Johnson said the immigration ruling in this country would become “fairer… treating people the same wherever they come from”.
Johnson has pledged to introduce an Australian idea of a points based system to determine who is allowed to enter this country, and this was the focus of his election proposal back in December.
With the state of Brexit negotiations currently, the free movement of EU peoples will still apply meaning that EU nationals do not need a visa to work in the UK.
Speaking in London, the prime minister said post-Brexit the UK’s immigration system would become “more equal”.
“By putting people before passports we will be able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be,” he said.
PM Johnson also added that the UK will be the investment partners of choice for Africa at the conference which started on Monday morning.
The prime minister has said that he hopes the gathering will “generate new opportunities in Africa for businesses across the UK”.
The PM will say that the UK has “unique expertise and innovation in technology, clean growth, infrastructure and finance” which can feed the continent’s demand for sustainable growth.
The summit being held has gathered world leaders from many countries and has allowed Johnson to voice his ideas on a global platform to engage with countries where relationships have seemingly gone quiet over the last few years.
The programmes from the Department for International Development, amounting to £370 million, include support for green energy, a £45 million programme helping young people – especially women – access the internet, develop digital skills and find jobs, and a £200 million programme to help build basic trade infrastructure in southern Africa.
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Africa’s economic potential is huge, with eight of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies and a population set to double to over two billion by 2050.
“We have much to offer African nations – UK aid is tackling climate change and supporting women entrepreneurs, our tech and digital expertise is helping Africa grow new industries and the City of London is channelling billions of private investment into Africa, boosting jobs and growth.”