“I also understand concern over immigration controls. We will put in place strict controls that work. They will be part of our first legislative programme if we are re-elected on May 5. These controls will include the type of points system used in Australia, for example, to help ensure our economy gets the skills we need.”
Today, the Leave campaign have announced their plans for a system based, essentially, on skill based points and a job offer to come to.
So what’s the difference between Blair’s promise and the Leave campaign’s promise? After all, Blair’s hot air all came to nothing so why should we take any more notice of the current offer? The answer, of course, is very simple.
Blair’s promises failed because of the simple reason that whilst we are in the EU it’s not legally possible to introduce the system. The EU free movement imperative means that we can’t implement a work permit / visa system for EU citizens so Blair’s promises were doomed to failure. He knew this when he promised it – but that’s a different issue!
So if you think that implementing a work permit system like Australia or the USA is a good idea and that the system should treat all people as equal regardless of their country of origin, then there’s only one way that you are ever going to be allowed to have it…
…and that is to vote to leave the EU on June 23rd