He at­tacks ‘sneer­ing’ Cor­byn... and tar­gets his heart­lands

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Jack Doyle As­so­ci­ate Edi­tor

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.

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