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Home Secretary gives statement on immigration White Paper

19 December 2018

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Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has given a statement in the House of Commons on the Government's immigration White Paper.

Following the publication of the Government's White Paper on immigration, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced details from the paper to the House of Commons.

The Home Secretary confirmed free movement would end after the UK leaves the EU and that to implement this the Government would introduce the Immigration and Social Security Coordination EU Withdrawal Bill. He also announced that there will be a single immigration system for all nationalities. He also confirmed that the UK would introduce a skills based system to attract those who can assist the UK economy.

The Home Secretary concluded that the new immigration approach "...will ensure that the UK continues to flourish outside the EU."

The Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition and commented on the delay on the publication of the White Paper. She claimed that the statement did not "meet the need of the hour.." She went on to say Brexit offered an opportunity to put in place .."an efficient, fair and non-discriminatory immigration system.." and that the White Paper fell short of offering that.

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