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Balance must be struck on EU immigration after Brexit, says Fallon

Leaked proposals to force a post-Brexit cut in low-skilled migrants from Europe have ignited a political row.

Britain will not shut the door to European Union immigrants after Brexit but the Government wants people “with high skills” and better jobs for domestic workers, a Cabinet minister has said.

Leaked proposals to force a post-Brexit cut in low-skilled migrants from Europe have ignited a political row on the eve of a Commons battle over EU withdrawal.

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Sir Michael Fallon insisted the Home Office document does not represent the Government’s final position but appeared to back its overall strategy and stressed that voters want a reduction in immigration.

The Defence Secretary told BBC Breakfast: “I can’t set out the proposals yet, they have not yet been finalised, they are being worked on at the moment.

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“There is obviously a balance to be struck, we don’t want to shut the door, of course not.

“We have always welcomed to this country those who can make a contribution to our economy, to our society, people with high skills.

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“On the other hand we want British companies to do more to train up British workers, to do more to improve skills of those who leave our colleges.

“So there’s always a balance to be struck.

“We’re not closing the door on all future immigration but it has to be managed properly and people do expect to see the numbers coming down.”

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