THERESA MAY last night vowed to bin preferential treatment for EU migrants as she unveiled a “global” post-Brexit immigration regime.

Settling the 20-year row over free movement, the PM said Britain would take back control of its borders by handing visas out based on skills rather than nationality.

 Theresa May  will vow to scrap preferential access for Europeans after Brexit

Theresa May  will vow to scrap preferential access for Europeans after Brexit

Under the biggest shake up to immigration for years, the PM vowed…

  • High skilled workers will get “priority” while the numbers of low-skilled migrants will “be curbed”.
  • A new system of e-gates will be rolled out for fast-track access to tourists and business visitors from “low risk countries”.
  • All security and criminal checks will be carried out in advance of visits
 More than one million people from the so-called EU8 – including Poland and Hungary – now work in Britain

More than one million people from the so-called EU8 – including Poland and Hungary – now work in Britain
  • Applicants will have to meet a minimum salary threshold to ensure they are not competing for jobs that could be filled by staff from the UK
  • No cap on student visas – but students will have to be able to speak English

The PM added that migration would be reduced to “sustainable” levels – but there was no specific mention of the tens of thousands target in the Government’s announcement.

The PM said: “Two years ago, the British public voted to leave the European Union and take back control of our borders.

 Javid said: 'We are taking back control'

Javid said: ‘We are taking back control’

“When we leave we will bring in a new immigration system that ends free movement once and for all.

“For the first time in decades, it will be a country that controls and choose who we want to come here”

The pledge came on the eve of a huge stand off at Tory conference – with Boris Johnson due to make his big pitch for how Britain should be run to delegates later today. It follows demands from Brexiteers and campaigners to axe free movement – given the influx of EU migrants since Tony Blair opened the doors to eastern Europe in 2004.

The PM said her new plan would be “fair to ordinary working people”. She added: “For too long people have felt they have been ignored on immigration and politicians have not taken their concerns seriously enough.

 Javid will say 'Britain will be open to the brightest and the best migrants from around the world after Brexit'

Javid will say ‘Britain will be open to the brightest and the best migrants from around the world after Brexit’

“The new skills based system will make sure low skilled immigration is brought down and set the UK on the path to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, as we promised.”

Just hours earlier, Home Secretary Sajid Javid gave a glimpse of the system to delegates at a fringe meeting. He said the new system would be based on a person’s skill rather than nationality.

And he called on business to wean itself of the “endless supply” of cheap EU labour – claiming it has hit wage growth for Brits.

Speaking on the eve of his Tory conference today, he told The Sun: “Sun readers will be very happy.

“We are taking back control.”

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Speaking at the Spectator fringe meeting he said: “It’s not nationality that gives you any particular skills.

“We shouldn’t have a system that favours one nationality over another.”

He added: “We will remain a country that is open to the brightest and the best from around the world.

“But what we have seen because of freedom of movement is that there has been a huge chunk of our immigration system we have had no control over.

“Now we are leaving I feel very privileged to have a unique opportunity to be the first Home Secretary in decades to design an immigration system that falls under our complete control – and meets our national interest.”

Mr Javid gave a glimpse of his own ambitions by saying the experience of Singapore – where he worked for three years – proved a country didn’t need trade deals with countries to thrive.

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And challenged how he would spend the £40 billion earmarked for the EU in the event of a No Deal, the Home Secretary said he’d give it back to the British people – “they’re taxed enough”.

In today’s speech Mr Javid will separately announce a major review of drugs misuse in the country – specifically looking whether drug use by the Middle Classes is fuelling the crime wave and ‘county lines’ phenomenon. The Home Secretary will also confirm plans to launch £200 million fund to tackle violent crime hotspots – and to mandate public bodies such as health and education to play a bigger role in tackling the root causes of serious violence.

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