If a point-based immigration system touted by PM Boris Johnson is introduced, the likes of Jesus would be turned down at the UK border, said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, taking a thinly-veiled jab at the idea.
“Our founder Jesus Christ was of course not white, middle class and British – he certainly wouldn’t have got a visa – unless we’re particularly short of carpenters,” said the highest ranking bishop in the country speaking at the CBI business conference in London on Monday. His tongue-in-cheek criticism of the proposed immigration system elicited laughter and a round of applause from the audience.
The Archbishop was very interesting on equality, profit, inclusion, big background in business..got lots of applause from business leaders for telling me this: “our founder Jesus certainly wouldn’t have got a visa [to Britain]… unless there was a shortage of carpenters”… pic.twitter.com/aggirWsGx5
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) November 18, 2019
Johnson has been one of the most vocal proponents of the so-called point-based immigration system, under which a would-be immigrant is assigned points based on their qualifications, education, age, English language knowledge as well as whether the skills they have are in high demand in the UK.
The system, that is modeled after the Australian one, was first proposed by UK Independence Party (UKIP) ahead of the 2017 election. The idea has since been picked up by the Johnson cabinet, with the PM now saying that he would push for what he calls an “equal” immigration system to be put in place after Brexit if he wins the upcoming snap elections on December 12. (RT)