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Boris Johnson says every Tory candidate in the general election has told him they will back his Brexit deal in the next parliament

Conservatives have pledged to reduce immigration "generally", with the "vast majority" of migrants needing a job offer to come to the UK – no matter where they are from.

Highly qualified scientists and those wishing to start a business will be among a few exceptions.

Access to benefits will be equal between EU citizens and those from other countries, meaning a typical five-year wait for non-UK citizens, and benefits will no longer be sent abroad to support children outside the UK. .

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Brandon Lewis refused to name a new target for immigration

Ministers have already made it clear that they are finally abandoning the party's longstanding commitment to reduce net migration below 100,000 a year – a goal they have never met.

Security Minister Brandon Lewis declined to name a new figure but told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday that immigration would definitely "fall" – but not to an "arbitrary target."

Explaining the plan, he said: "Anyone who is already here and is part of the established EU status regime, their rights are protected, they are absolutely clearly protected and in force.

"This will be for new people coming from the EU after we leave the European Union under a future immigration system."

Conservatives say the new measures will save about £ 800 million a year by 2024-2025.

Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), told Sophy Ridge On Sunday, talking about an immigration system that includes only the best and brightest "is a concern."

She warned that there must be immigration "at all skill levels."

Carolyn Fairburn, CBI Chief
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Carolyn Fairbairn said immigration was needed at all skill levels

John Ashworth, the occult health secretary, dismissed the idea, telling Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "All general elections in which Immigration Minister Tory is forced to say that.

"Have they delivered? They looked. I mean, do you believe him? I don't."

But he declined to say whether he wanted immigration to increase or decrease after Brexit.

Jon Ashworth of the Labor Party at Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

Ashworth won't say whether immigration should go up or down

It comes after a labor debate over its own immigration policy, with some senior figures in favor of freedom of movement and others wanting to curb it.

But after six hours of talking in London on Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn said there was "unanimous agreement" between his parallel cabinet and the main union sponsors in the party manifesto.

Labor Party chairman Ian Lavery told Sky News that the discussions were "very friendly" with "very little disagreement."

Labor would not comment on the content of the manifesto, but Sky News deputy political editor Sam Coates and political correspondent Tom Rayner were informed by sources that Labor filed its conference resolution to maintain free circulation and, in instead, they have renegotiated migration policy with the EU if Britain votes to go out in a second referendum.

Corbyn described the Labor manifesto – due out Thursday – as a "transformative document that will change the lives of the people of this country for the better."

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show whether free movement would continue, he said confirmation would arrive when the party's manifesto is released next week, but added that "there will be a lot of movement."

Among the policies to be included are free dental checks for everyone in England, with the party announcing plans to reverse band 1 fees, introduced in 1951 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Johnson said all conservative candidates in the general election had agreed to support his agreement with Brexit in the next parliament.

MPs vote in favor of the Letwin Amendment by a majority of 16

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The prime minister has been repeatedly frustrated at Commons trying to approve his deal, but said people can be "100% sure" that he will be able to approve if they vote for the conservative majority on December 12.

He told the Sunday Telegraph that all 635 party candidates were committed to the deal he made with Brussels and promised that his government would "unblock" parliament and hand over Brexit.

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Johnson needs 326 conservative candidates to be elected next month to secure the majority, which he says is the only way voters can be sure the 2016 referendum will be delivered.

The prime minister added: "I am offering a pact with the people: if you vote for the Conservative, you can be 100% sure that a conservative majority government will unlock parliament and complete Brexit."

Last month, Johnson – who is facing new claims about the extent of his controversial relationship with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri – saw his withdrawal bill in principle passed by lawmakers.

They voted in favor by 329 votes to 299, but the prime minister's joy was short-lived as parliament rejected the swift timetable he had set by 322 votes to 308.

The second vote effectively paid off its promise to get the UK out of the EU on Halloween – "no, if, but".

He also stated that he "would rather die in a ditch" than ask for an extension to Brussels, but he did just that and had the Brexit date postponed until January 31.

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