May pours cold water on Britain introducing Australian points-style immigration system

“I think that’s a reasonable request that has been made to us by the people, the 17 million in that referendum and we have to respect that.”

Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said: “We need to make clear that we wish to have control over our own borders once again and to determined our own immigration policy, that is absolutely one of the fundamental reasons why people wanted to leave the European Union.”

And former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “We are leaving, full stop. The truth is we are leaving.

“The British people voted for this and as a democrat you have to stand by what they voted.

“Theresa made clear from the Cabinet meeting the other day, she made absolutely clear that the migration process is about taking back control of your borders, control of your money, control of your laws which allows you to set your overseas treaties.”

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