Boris Johnson calls for post-Brexit illegal immigrant amnesty
Boris Johnson has called for illegal immigrants who have escaped detection for 10 years to be granted the right to stay in the UK following Brexit.
The Foreign Secretary suggested to ministers that allowing those who entered Britain illegally the right to stay could generate funds for the treasury as tax income would rise, according to The Sun.
One senior minister present at the meeting in Number 10 told the newspaper: “It’s an insane idea and would make ordinary Brits furious.
“A lot of us round the table couldn’t believe Boris is still going on about this.
“Privately, Boris is still the most pro-immigration member of the Cabinet.”
Mr Johnson floated the idea during his time as Mayor of London, where he called on the Government to give residency rights to illegal immigrants who have escaped detection for 10 years.
Theresa May on the other hand previously ruled out the introduction of amnesties during her time as Home Secretary, saying such a move would send out “the wrong message”.
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “Boris reiterated what he has said publicly before about amnesties, including during the EU referendum campaign.
“He feels he has a moral responsibility to raise it, as it is what he believes.
“Any suggestion that there was strong disagreement expressed during the meeting is wrong.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are not looking afresh at an amnesty for illegal migrants, and will not be”.
The row comes ahead of the latest quarterly immigration figures, which are set to show new arrivals are still running close to a record high.