PM BLASTS LABOUR BREXIT BETRAYAL
He attacks ‘sneering’ Corbyn... and targets his heartlands
BORIS Johnson today embarks on a blitz of Labour’s northern heartlands and accuses Jeremy Corbyn of a ‘Great Betrayal’ of Brexit voters.
The Prime Minister will criticise the Labour Party for sneering at their values and ignoring their votes as he tours Leavesupporting seats in the North East.
He will accuse Mr Corbyn of sticking ‘two fingers up to the public’ as campaigning ramps up ahead of Thursday’s General Election.
Over the next 72 hours, Mr Johnson plans to visit every region of England and Wales, including West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire, East Anglia, North Wales and the South West.
His aides believe these to be the areas that the election result depends on.
Mr Johnson is to return to key pledges he made during the 2016 referendum campaign – including that of ending ‘uncontrolled and unlimited immigration’.
But his central message is a condemnation of Remain-backing MPs who vowed at the last election to deliver Brexit but, he argues, ‘shamefully did the exact opposite’.
‘Parliament has bent every rule and broken every convention as it has delayed, diluted and denied Brexit,’ he will say. ‘They won their seats on a false prospectus and then stuck two fingers up to the public.
‘Now they are proposing another referendum – this time rigging the result by extending the franchise to two million EU citizens.
‘It’s been the Great Betrayal, orchestrated from Islington by politicians who sneer at
IMMIGRATION will fall under a Tory gov- ernment Boris Johnson pledged yesterday, as he unveiled new restrictions on low skilled workers coming to the UK.
Under the Prime Minister’s plans for a postBrexit Australian-style points-based system, some workers would be allowed in only if there was a ‘specific shortage’ in a particular sector.
Even then, they would only be granted temporary visas and would not be given an automatic right to stay in the UK.
However, the scheme would allow ‘exceptionally talented’ applicants such as ballerinas, investors and NHS workers to be fast-tracked.
Mr Johnson said he was ‘not hostile’ to immigration but, recalling the rhetoric of the Vote Leave campaign, warned that membership of the EU meant its population of 580million had been able to ‘treat the UK as though it’s basically part of their own country’.
He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: ‘The problem with that is there has been no control at all and I don’t think that is democratically accountable.’
Meanwhile, Labour’s health spokesman Jon Ashworth claimed on the show that free movement had been ‘good for the UK’, and suggested he would be happy for immigration levels to rise if Labour wins power.
The system proposed by Mr Johnson would see anyone classified as an ‘exceptional talent’ given a fast-track route into the UK.
This would apply to ‘first violinists, nuclear physicists, prima ballerinas’ or ‘start up kings and queens’ who were investing and setting up new businesses, Mr Johnson said.
Skilled workers who had secured a job – including those coming to work in the NHS would be allowed to settle. But the third category of unskilled workers would only be given short-term visas.
Asked if he could guarantee the numbers would come down he replied: ‘Yes, I can make sure that numbers will come down, because we’ll be able to control the system.’
He contrasted that with what he called Labour’s ‘ uncontrolled and unlimited approach’. And last night the Tories warned that continued free movement under Jeremy Corbyn would heap pressure on the country’s schools and push up class sizes.