I’m deeply proud to have grown up as the son of immigrants to the United Kingdom.
Living above a shop in a poor part of Bristol, they worked hard to provide for me and my four brothers.
Their hard work and determination gave me opportunities they never had – and set me on the path that has led to a successful career in banking and politics.
I’m grateful for everything they did for me. And it’s why I know that immigration makes the United Kingdom a richer, stronger and more prosperous place. Regardless of which side of the Brexit debate you fall on, our departure from the EU presents us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape our immigration system for the better.
Yesterday, I spent the morning in Belfast holding productive discussions on the future immigration system with representatives from businesses based in Northern Ireland. It’s vital we hear from all parts of the UK about their immigration needs so we have a blueprint that works for everyone.
It was fantastic to engage with the business community and hear their views of businesses in the tourism, agriculture and education sectors about how we best control our borders and ensure they can access the skilled workers they need to flourish.