Skills-based immigration to be introduced after Brexit: Sajid Javid

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LONDON: Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said that Brexit will enable the Government to restore public confidence in immigration policy through the introduction of a skills-based system. “It is a simple fact that EU free movement rules mean the politiciansthey elect have no control over who comes here from Europe and how many,” he said in a statement. “Leaving the EU gives us the opportunity to change this. That’s why ending free movement and control of our borders has been a key aim in our Brexit negotiations.“The deal secured delivers that. We will be able to introduce a skills-based immigration system, based on what people can offer, not where they come from.” Ministers have been coming under increasing pressure to say when they will publish a longawaited immigration white paper amid reports of Cabinet splits on the issue. Mr Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond are reported to be pressing forthe Governmentfinally to abandon the target of reducing net migration below 100,000 a year – a move which Mrs May is said to be resisting.