According to Immigration Minister James Brokenshire, a points-based immigration system similar to Australia is something the UK will not adopted despite the latter being promised by leading Leave campaigners.

Mr Brokenshire said Britain’s new immigration system would still filter the free-flowing migration to the United Kingdom from the European Union. However, the model would be slightly different.

The Immigration Minister also said that the estimated 2.9 million EU nationals in Britain do not have a guarantee to their position until the position of UK citizens in EU countries is also secured. Even long-term EU citizens in the United Kingdom might still be removed, although Mr Brokenshire said it would be very difficult.

Under EU law, EU citizens from other countries within the block have a right to live permanently in the UK if they had lived for five years.

“Having established that right, I think, as a matter of law, it would be virtually impossible … to then take that away from them,” said Brokenshire.

He disclosed that a Home Office “international immigration group” has already started work on mapping out the options for a post-Brexit immigration system that is feeding into the Cabinet Office’s central co-ordination Brexit unit under Olly Martins.