UK's Johnson says Britain can control borders and remain open to skilled labor

October 13, 2016 4:47 AM EDT

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens as Prime Minister Theresa May gives her speech on the final day of the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's post-Brexit goal of lower immigration and tighter border controls does not mean that it will have to close its doors to skilled workers from around the world, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

"There is no inconsistency whatever between the desire to take back control of our borders and the need to be open to skills from around the world," Johnson told a committee of lawmakers.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by William James; editing by Kate Holton)

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