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Britain may face labour shortage if it tightens immigration controls

The British government is facing backlash from business leaders, after announcing its determination to tighten immigration controls by virtually eliminating the ability of unskilled or low-skilled workers to come to the United Kingdom.

In unveiling the biggest shake-up of border control policies in half a century, Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed that Britain will introduce a points-based immigration system which "will attract the brightest and the best from around the globe".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2020, with the headline 'Britain may face labour shortage if it tightens immigration controls'. Print Edition | Subscribe