“It must be right that if you want to encourage integration that people need to learn the language.”
Mr Johnson added that “large swathes” of the country finds itself in a situation where younger generations are “thriving” because they have learnt English, but this has left the older generation who haven’t lagging behind.
“In the West Midlands, where the younger generations have learnt English,” he continued, “[they] are thriving – the older generation because they don’t speak the language and because they don’t relate to their neighbours who are not from their community are completely isolated.
“People who come here from abroad should be welcomed – they’ve been an enormous asset to our country, but they should obey the law, pay their taxes and learn the language.”
The pro-EU politician also claimed Brussels’ unwavering support for the European free tavel zone – Schengen – will have a significant effect on upcoming general elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Mr Johnson’s comments further illustrate the split between Jeremy Corbyn and his allies, who have frequently spoken against controls on immigration, and other prominent politicians who have admitted something must be done to curb rising migration levels.
“The EU cannot ignore this, it is a big factor in the Germany elections, the French elections and the Dutch elections.
“The EU needs to rethink. This is not an anti-migrant argument. This is about making people feel like their country has some control.”
Theresa May’s Government has recently come under criticism after it was suggested International Trade secretary Liam Fox told the Prime Minister she would have to grant more visa in order to strike trade deals, with economic powerhouses such as India.
Sir Vince blasted: “There is no point to Liam Fox!
“The Indian’s told her [Mrs May] that ‘the problem we have negotiating with the European Union is exactly the same as we have negotiating with Britain as an individual’.
“‘We want to export you things we’re going at, i.e people, and you don’t want them’ – therefore the negotiations collapse.”