UK PM says Britain will be more open to Africans after Brexit

Andrew Cummings
January 21, 2020

The Prime Minister said he was committed to creating a "fairer" system once freedom of movement ends next year.

"The UK boast of expertise that can not be matched by any other nations, that is why we are one of the biggest partners to countries across the world", he explained.

After highlighting all Britain has to offer, he said Brexit would mean an end to preferential treatment for European Union migrants.

Mr Johnson has already outlined plans for a new Australian-style points based system to come into place next year, with a report from the independent Migration Advisory Service into the feasibility of the scheme due by the end of the month.

"By putting people before passports we were will able to attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be", he said.

"In the words of an old Akan proverb that I picked up in Ghana, all fingers are not the same". There's wisdom in these Akan proverbs; all fingers are not the same and all countries are not the same, " he opined to buttress his point.

In his speech, the leader of the UK Conservative Party said "the UK boasts a breadth and depth of expertise that simply can not be matched by any other nation". He will highlight deals worth billions of pounds with countries on the continent, underlining the roles British companies are playing in providing anything from smart street lighting in Nigeria to environmentally friendly breweries in Kenya.

The 16 leaders from 21 African countries in attendance included Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

As well as Johnson, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the worldwide development secretary, Alok Sharma, the trade secretary, Elizabeth Truss, and the business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, were also attending - as was Prince Harry.

"We want to build a new future as a global free-trading nation".

Whitehall officials are gearing up for simultaneous negotiations with the EU Commission and the U.S. after January 31.

He was addressing African heads of states at the UK-Africa Summit 2020.

"Not another penny of United Kingdom taxpayers' money will be directly invested in digging up coal or burning it for electricity", he said.

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