Like the Prime Minister, he did not put a time scale on the possible transition period
Like the Prime Minister, he did not put a time scale on the possible transition period.
His remarks follow Mrs May's suggestion earlier this week that an "implementation period" is required to give business time to adapt to expected changes in the Labour market.
During a visit to Greece yesterday, Mr Johnson was optimistic that transition arrangements could be agreed as part of the two-year Brexit negotiation process.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in pictures Thu, July 21, 2016
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends his first EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to discuss the issues in Turkey, Syria, and the Middle East.
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson addresses the press after a meeting with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault at Quai d'Orsay on July 28, 2016 in Paris, France
We don't want to close the doors. We simply want to have a system that is balanced
Questioned in Athens, the Foreign Secretary said: "Ideally I think it could be done, what with goodwill and imagination it could be done as fast as – I think it can be done in two years."
"In the last 10 years I have been one of the few British politicians to speak up on the benefits of immigration," he said.
Mr Johnson did not want to discourage talented people from coming to Britain, but said the Government wanted to halt excessive immigration.
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His remarks follow Mrs May's suggestion earlier this week that an ‘implementation period’
"We don't want to close the doors. We simply want to have a system that is balanced," he said.
Mrs May refused to rule out an “implementation phase" for new border controls during a visit to Jordan and Saudi Arabia earlier this week.
The Prime Minister said business did not want a sudden “cliff edge" after Britain leaves the EU in 2019 where flows of migrant labour were halted overnight.