Boris Johnson: Brexit deal is ‘glad tidings of great joy’
Last week Boris Johnson secured a historic Brexit trade deal days before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. The deal was based on zero tariffs and zero quotas.
Announcing the deal, a Downing Street source said the Government’s points-based immigration system will put the control in “full control” of who enters the country as free movement ends.
But Adam Williams, immigration lawyer at DMH Stallard, warned the points-based system is “out of date”.
He told Express.co.uk: “One of the main things to recognise is we have had a points-based system since 2008.
“What is rally happening is the existing system and all the functionality of it is pretty much unchanged and online portal and all the rest of it is really in essence being expanded out to cover EU nationals.
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“I think the Home Office would recognise the system is old now in terms of technology and they have stated an objective to improve it and make it more intuitive as a system.
“It is kind of inevitable unless you were going to introduce a whole new system which the Government has chosen not to do.
“You have to have some form of control and arrangements like this if you are going to stop free movement.
“One way or another, I think employers will welcome the updating of the system, given it is rally based on a backend of software from 2008.
“It’s not the most intuitive of systems.”
After the UK left the EU on January 31, Britain entered an 11-month transition period where it was outside of the bloc but still bound by Brussels’ rules with continued access to the single market.
Announcing the deal, a Downing Street source said: “Deal is done.
“We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters.
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“The deal is fantastic news for families and businesses in every part of the UK.
“We have signed the first free trade agreement based on zero tariffs and zero quotas that has ever been achieved with the EU.
“We have delivered this great deal for the entire United Kingdom in record time, and under extremely challenging conditions, which protects the integrity of our internal market and Northern Ireland’s place within it.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen over video call from the room inside No10 to sign off on the deal once it was finalised by Lord Frost and Mr Barnier.
The source added: “The deal also guarantees that we are no longer in the lunar pull of the EU, we are not bound by EU rules, there is no role for the European Court of Justice and all of our key red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved.
“It means that we will have full political and economic independence on January 1 2021.
“A points-based immigration system will put us in full control of who enters the UK and free movement will end.
“We have delivered this great deal for the entire United Kingdom in record time, and under extremely challenging conditions, which protects the integrity of our internal market and Northern Ireland’s place within it.
“We have got Brexit done and we can now take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities available to us as an independent trading nation, striking trade deals with other partners around the world.”
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