Priti Patel (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).


HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has revealed the Australian government is advising ministers on plans to introduce a points-based system for migrants after Brexit.

Patel said that the Department of Home Affairs in Canberra was “engaging” with the Home Office over the new proposals.

Patel met Peter Dutton, her Australian counterpart, while both ministers were in the US for talks with Donald Trump’s administration last month. She said: “Peter Dutton is leading a department in Australia that’s only been around for two years.

“But they are engaging with us on the points-style immigration system discussion, something which we will be basing our own future immigration system on, to create a compassionate environment and ensure we allow the brightest and best to come to the UK in the future.”