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UK plans fast-track visa to attract scientists after Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to attract the 'best minds' in the world

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his visit to the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, south east England. AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his visit to the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, south east England. AFP

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he plans to introduce a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world's best scientists to the UK.

Mr Johnson said on Thursday that he wanted to "ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds from around the world".

He said the government would work with the scientific community on the new visa, "with a view to launching it later this year".

Britain is facing its biggest immigration shake-up in decades after it leaves the EU, which is scheduled to happen on October 31.

After Brexit, EU citizens will lose the automatic right to live and work in the UK, and Britons to settle in the bloc's 27 remaining nations.

That has sparked fears that Britain may face shortages in key job areas.

Updated: August 9, 2019 03:42 AM

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