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Leave: 'Immigration points system in place within years'

The new system would be 'in place' by the next general election Credit: PA

An Australian-style points-based immigration system could be introduced in the UK if Britain votes to leave the EU, Brexit campaigners have revealed.

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Gisela Stuart from the Labour party were among those to set out the immigration system blueprint.

The plan would spell the end of the automatic right of EU citizens to come to live and work in the UK.

Skills would then become the primary basis on which residence in the UK would be permitted.

  • Points-based system "in place by next election"
Michael Gove and Boris Johnson were among those introducing the plan Credit: PA

By the next general election, we will create a genuine Australian-style points-based immigration system.

The automatic right of all EU citizens to come to live and work in the UK will end, as will EU control over vital aspects of our social security system.

EU citizens will be subject to legislation made by those we elect in Westminster, not in Brussels.

We could then create fairness between EU citizens and others, including those from Commonwealth countries.

– Brexit campaigners

The new system would mean all applications to live and work in the UK would be determined based on skills and qualifications "without discrimination on the ground of nationality".

The statement continued: "To gain the right to work, economic migrants will have to be suitable for the job in question.

"For relevant jobs, we will be able to ensure that all those who come have the ability to speak good English.

"Such a system can be much less bureaucratic and much simpler than the existing system for non-EU citizens".

  • Remain: Proposal "wouldn't work"

Gisela Stuart said on Good Morning Britain that this is about "taking back control", and that there is an assumption that the single market is "the only show in town" when there are other options for Britain.

The Remain camp have responded, with MP and former immigration minister Damian Green also appearing on Good Morning Britain, saying that such a system "wouldn't work" and would "wreck" the economy.

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