October 13, 2016 / 8:38 AM / a year ago

Johnson says Britain can control borders and remain open to skilled labour

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a joint news conference with Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik (not pictured) in Ankara, Turkey, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s post-Brexit goal of lower immigration and tighter border controls does not mean that it will have to close its doors to skilled workers from around the world, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

“There is no inconsistency whatever between the desire to take back control of our borders and the need to be open to skills from around the world,” Johnson told a committee of lawmakers.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by William James; editing by Kate Holton

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