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Diane Abbott criticises proposed new immigration system as 'meaningless'

THE new immigration system being outlined by the government today will have so many exemptions that the plan will be rendered “meaningless,” shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has warned.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce changes to the system that will not include a post-Brexit visa option for low-skilled migrant workers.

EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally, but “top priority” will be given to those with “the highest skills and the greatest talents,” such as  scientists, engineers and academics, a policy statement says.

The EU settlement scheme will “provide employers with flexibility to meet labour market demands,” the paper adds.

People who want to live and work in Britain will need 70 points to be eligible to apply for a visa.

Points will be awarded for ability to speak English to a certain level, having a job offer from an approved employer and meeting a minimum salary threshold.

The salary threshold for skilled migrants will be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600 for those with a job offer.

Other points will be awarded for certain qualifications and if there is a shortage in a particular occupation.


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