Boris Johnson's new-look Cabinet today agreed to the Prime Minister's plans to introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system at the start of 2021.
The PM's freshly reshuffled top team met for the first time in Downing Street this morning and rubber-stamped the proposed post-Brexit border control system which the government has guaranteed will result in immigration going down.
However, Number 10 was unable to say exactly when overall immigration numbers will start to fall under the new rules.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: 'Following discussion, Cabinet agreed the implementation of a points-based immigration system from January 1, 2021.
'The system will be simpler and fairer and will not discriminate between countries and would return democratic control of immigration to the British people.
'The PM stressed that we must demonstrate that the UK is open and welcoming to talent from across the world but the new system would end reliance on importing cheap, low-skilled labour - bringing down immigration numbers overall.'
The government is expected to publish its immigration plans in full in the coming weeks.
The meeting of the Cabinet came after the PM conducted a brutal reshuffle yesterday which saw Sajid Javid forced to resign as Chancellor as Rishi Sunak was promoted to replace him.
A beaming Mr Sunak sat next to Mr Johnson at today's meeting as the PM told his senior ministers: 'We are here to deliver for the people of this country who elected us to serve them.
'The people's government has to get on with delivering the people's priorities and in the next few years we must get on with our basic work and you know what it is.
'We are going to cut crime, we are going to cut homelessness, we are going to tackle waiting lists in our NHS and how many hospitals are we going to build?'
The Cabinet then replied in unison 'forty' as the PM proceeded to conduct further rounds of call and response on other Tory manifesto pledges with ministers obediently responding with the correct answers.
The gathering in Downing Street came after a day of high drama which left Westminster stunned as Mr Javid's unexpected resignation totally disrupted the PM's plans for a smooth reshuffle.
Boris Johnson's new-look Cabinet met for the first time today as it agreed to the PM's plans to introduce a points-based immigration system from January 2021
Mr Johnson congratulated ministers on making the cut at the reshuffle as he told them they must now deliver on the 'people's priorities'
Mr Johnson yesterday conducted a brutal reshuffle which saw him sack numerous senior ministers and promote a wave of Tory loyalists. 1) Minister without Portfolio Amanda Milling 2) Welsh Secretary Simon Hart 3) Education Secretary Gavin Williamson 4) Trade Secretary Liz Truss 5) Health Secretary Matt Hancock 6) Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill 7) Prime Minister Boris Johnson 8) Chancellor Rishi Sunak 9) Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey 10) Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick 11) Transport Secretary Grant Shapps 12) Scottish Secretary Alister Jack 13) Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden 14) Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay 15) Chief Whip Mark Spencer 16) Attorney General Suella Braverman 17)Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg 18) International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan 19) Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans 20) Business Secretary Alok Sharma 21) Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove 22) Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab 23) Home Secretary Priti Patel 24) Defence Secretary Ben Wallace 25) Justice Secretary Robert Buckland 26) Environment Secretary George Eustice 27) Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis
Rishi Sunak today addressed Treasury staff as he embarked on his first full day as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer
Rishi Sunak has reiterated a call made by his predecessor as chancellor Sajid Javid for ministers to identify five per cent of budget savings at their respective departments.
Mr Sunak is under pressure to loosen the government purse strings after taking over from his old boss.
But a drive to ensure taxpayers' money is being spent as effectively as possible will be continued on his watch.
The Prime Minister's spokesman said the matter had been raised at this morning's meeting of the reshuffled Cabinet.
‘The Chancellor reminded all ministers that their departments needed to find five per cent of savings so money could be reprioritised on other priorities,' he said.
Today marked Mr Sunak's first full day as Chancellor and he addressed Treasury staff to set out his vision for the department.
Mr Javid chose to walk away from the government rather than accept a demand from Mr Johnson's strategy chief Dominic Cummings to sack all of his aides and replace them with advisers chosen by Number 10.
His departure opened the way for Mr Sunak, 39, to be handed the second most powerful job in government having previously served as Mr Javid's deputy as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Mr Javid accused Mr Johnson of setting conditions 'any self-respecting minister' would reject - a thinly veiled swipe at his successor.
The move was seen as a power grab by Mr Cummings with Mr Sunak reportedly immediately under pressure from Number 10 to tear up his predecessor's tight spending rules and allow Mr Johnson to splash the cash at the next Budget.
But the elevation of Mr Sunak has cast doubt on whether that Budget, currently scheduled for March 11, will go ahead amid speculation it could be delayed.
Downing Street refused to guarantee the date with a spokesman saying only that 'extensive preparations have already been carried out for the Budget and they will continue at pace'.
Meanwhile, accusations of a power grab were likely to grow after it emerged that Downing Street immediately moved some of its troops into the Treasury last night to help Mr Sunak.
The shake-up saw Sajid Javid, pictured leaving his London home this morning, quit the government as he refused a demand from Dominic Cummings to sack all of his aides
Mr Cummings appeared to be in good spirits as he was photographed leaving his London home this morning. The PM's top adviser declined to answer questions
Chancellor: Rishi Sunak
Foreign Secretary: Dominic Raab
Home Secretary: Priti Patel
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Michael Gove
Justice Secretary: Robert Buckland
Defence Secretary: Ben