Conservative MP Dominic Raab has said that migration will continue to be a divisive topic in Britain until the country has the power to control its borders.
The vocal Brexiteer told BBC's Any Questions that the European Union was to blame for stirring the migration debate that has dominated British politics in recent years.
He said that, once elected, MPs have the ability to control who comes into the country, then Britain will finally be able to have an accountable migration system.
Conservative MP Dominic Raab defended taking back control of borders
Mr Raab's robust answer came after he was asked if the Government had a backup plan to cover for labour shortages following Brexit.
This comes as a record number of nurses left the health system over the last 12 months.
In all, a record 17,197 EU nationals, including doctors and nurses, left the NHS last year.
The Tory MP told presenter Ritula Shah: "There is huge scope where we can make sure we get the advantages of immigration but also crack down and mitigate the costs of migration.
"We lose out to unskilled workers when it comes to welfare services, housing and deflating wages.
"Taking back control over that means that we can, at last, have a system we can change according to the facts.
"Until we do that, we will not carry the public with us. I want to get to the point where migration is not the hot topic that it is.
"But we need people like me – elected officials – accountable to you – the British people – about who comes into the country."
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NHS England is to launch a new nursing training programme to help plug the gap
I want to get to the point where migration is not the hot topic that it is
He said that a pause in unskilled migrant workers would encourage young Britons not in education or training to join the workforce.
Mr Raab added: "If we have control, we can take advantage of migration, that way we will restore faith in our migration system.
"I don’t know why we would abdicate our democratic responsibility of this."
Stephen Dorrell, Chair of the NHS Confederation, replied that it "simply isn't possible" to have a health service "without people born beyond our shores".
This comes as nurses in the NHS are being polled over possible strike action following a 14 per cent cut in pay since 2010.
Brexiteer told BBC's Any Questions that the European Union was to blame for stirring migration anger
Figures predicts a dramatic drop in the labour force following Brexit
Officials have responded to this by announcing a new training scheme to "grow the workforce from within this country".
NHS England is desperately trying to help plug the gap left by EU nationsl.
Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, acknowledge that the NHS "has always relied on international staff".