BRITAIN does not want to cut the number of migrants coming to work in the tech industry after Brexit, Boris Johnson said.
The foreign secretary said the government wanted to ensure that ‘people who have energy and talent and ideas can still come to the UK’ during a visit to a tech hub in Sydney.
He was speaking to tech entrepreneurs who had voiced concerns over the impact of Britain leaving the EU. They challenged him on the availability of visas for Australian staff to work in the UK after Brexit.
Mr Johnson said: ‘Of course there will be pressures to try to constrain the overall immigration numbers because they are very, very high at the moment. But that does not mean we want to see a reduction in the number of tech people who come to London.’
He also met Julie Bishop, his Australian opposite number, for talks which he said were about ‘opportunities from Brexit, the Commonwealth and more regional co-operation’.
Ms Bishop posted a picture of herself taking a selfie with ‘my dear friend Boris Johnson’.
Mr Johnson is on an overseas tour to drum up post-Brexit trade deals. He has already visited Japan and New Zealand. He toured Sydney Opera House, which is being refurbished by UK firm Laing O’Rourke.
Today he will join defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon for the annual summit of UK and Australian defence and foreign ministers.