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Explainer: How will the UK’s points-based immigration system work, and are Irish citizens affected?

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Priti Patel (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Priti Patel (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Priti Patel (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has hailed the 'historic moment', but business groups in the North fear it will damage the economy there. So what does it all mean...

What is the fuss about?

The UK Home Office has announced new rules that will govern who can work there. The rules are known as the 'global talent scheme'. The scheme means that visas will not be available to low-skilled migrant workers.

Why?

The new system is a direct result of Brexit. It is being launched by Home Secretary Priti Patel today. She said it would open up the UK to the "brightest and the best from around the world".