Brexit can be used to “unite the country” after it was driven apart by uncontrolled migration, Boris Johnson will say on Friday.
The former foreign secretary will argue that “big corporations have held wages down” because of their access to “unlimited pools” of cheap labour from abroad, and that controlling migration will allow Britain to have a pay rise.
In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Johnson will also say ministers must “create the most favourable tax environment” to “stimulate the income we need” for the post-Brexit economy.
He will say that “no-one, rich or poor”, should pay more than 50 per cent of their income in tax, and that property-based taxes including council tax, stamp duty and business rates should be “bundled together” and spent at a local level.
The speech at the JCB headquarters in Rocester, Staffs., will be his third high-profile media appearance this week and is likely to be interpreted as a pitch to become Prime Minister if Theresa May is ousted.
The choice of venue is highly significant, as JCB chairman Lord Bamford, 73, has donated more than £4 million to the Conservative Party and also donated £100,000 to the Vote Leave campaign, which was led by Mr Johnson and Michael Gove.