06 September 2016
Prime Minister rejects point-based immigration system
Theresa May is ruling out the points-based policy championed by Brexit campaigners, saying it is "not a silver bullet" to reduce the UK's immigration numbers .
Speaking at a press conference at the G20 summit in China, she said: "I want a system where the Government is able to decide who comes into the country. I think that's what the British people want.
"A points-based system means that people come in automatically if they just meet the criteria."
Mrs May indicates her drive to regain control over immigration is balanced with the desire to get "the best deal possible" on trade for the UK in negotiations with other EU states.
She said: "Yes, the voters' message on June 23 was clearly that they didn't want to see free movement continuing as it has done up to now. They wanted some control in movement of people from the EU into the United Kingdom.
"But we also want to get the best deal possible for trade in goods and services with the EU, and I intend to go out there and be ambitious."
Italy's economic development minister Carlo Calenda warns that measures to curb free movement will be met with trade barriers from Brussels.
"The more they are going to regulate and limit the presence of EU citizens in the UK, the more we are going to limit the presence of UK goods into Europe," Carlo Calenda told Bloomberg Television.