SEVEN in ten people want an Australian-style cap on the number of work visas issued to migrants after Brexit, a poll revealed last night (MON).
Boris Johnson has promised an Australian-style points-based immigration system to apply to all arrivals if he wins the election but the plans do not include an overall cap on work permits.
Laying bare the pressure on the PM to toughen up his proposals, 71 per cent of the public want a cap and this rises to a huge 86 per cent of Tory voters, according to a Deltapoll survey for Migration Watch UK.
Three quarters of those sampled in Conservative-held marginal constituencies were also in favour.
The campaign group said the survey exposed the public’s overwhelming support for a much tighter immigration system after Brexit to bring numbers down.
And it comes a week after official figures revealed the number of work visas issued to non-EU migrants soared to 190,000 this year.
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It is the highest annual total since the points-based system was introduced for them in 2008.
Migration Watch chief Alp Mehmet said: “As usual, the sensible British public, in this case more than 30 million of them, are way ahead of the politicians.
“Without any cap on work permits, the inflow would be essentially uncontrolled, and risks being uncontrollable.”
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