Boris Johnson is preparing for a showdown with businesses after sources revealed a new bid to clamp down on immigration once Britain leaves the EU
It would see the Downing St clamp down on the number of people from the EU coming in and out of the country from January 1 next year.
Mr Johnson has promised that his government will introduce a points based system, similar to the one used in Australia.
But business group the CBI have previously warned that companies would need “at least two years to adapt to any new immigration system”.
Under Theresa May they had secured a delay which would have kept Britain in the current arrangements for at least two years after Brexit, extending the system to 2023.
An update on the policy is expected after a report from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee, which is due before the end of January.
A No10 source told the Sunday Telegraph: “We need to deliver change and businesses need to be prepared for uncontrolled migration of low-skilled workers to end this year.
“As we leave the EU in just over 10 days’ time, we have an unprecedented opportunity to change the way our immigration system works.
“There is a clear drive for talented and skilled workers from around the world to come to the UK, but we also need to see a reduction in the number of unskilled workers and those without a job entering the UK and that’s why this will be coming to an end when the transition period ends in December.”