The Tory leadership frontrunner’s plans would see Britain’s system focusing on highly skilled young workers. This would mean migrants would have to already have a firm job offer before coming to the UK, as well as “an ability to speak English”. They would also be unable to claim benefits until completing a period of working.
Mr Johnson said: “We must be much more open to high-skilled immigration such as scientists.
“But we must also assure the public that, as we leave the EU, we have control over the number of unskilled immigrants coming into the country.
“We must be tougher on those who abuse our hospitality.
“Other countries such as Australia have great systems and we should learn from them.”
The new immigration system would be based on the scheme used in Australia, where prospective migrants are scored on a points system to work out how they will add value to the economy.
This includes qualifications, skills and age and applicants have to be aged under 50 to apply.
EU migrants would not receive special treatment. But Mr Johnson said EU citizens already here would have their rights protected unilaterally, even if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
Sources in the former Foreign Secretary’s campaign team told the Daily Mail last night legislation would be introduced immediately through changes to the existing Immigration Bill, although the new system will not be brought in until 2021.
7.32am update: MPs ready to join forces to block Johnson’s no deal plans
Some MPs are said to be planning to threaten to shut down the government if Boris Johnson tries to take the UK out of the EU with no deal in October.
The latest cross-party move will mean the Commons will vote on a plan next Tuesday to stop government spending if there is a no-deal Brexit.
This would mean the government would not be able to pay for many aspects of public spending, such as schools, welfare benefits and international aid, the Times has reported.
This plan is being backed by Dominic Grieve, the former Tory attorney-general, along with Margaret Beckett, the former Labour foreign secretary.