Yvette Cooper says papers suggest government will not wait for independent advice, while Frank Field says Labour would benefit from embracing proposals

Theresa May’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration system, leaked to the Guardian, triggered sharp responses across the parliamentary divide with some MPs criticising it as a “mean and cynical approach” and others saying it was the right response to the Brexit vote.

Yvette Cooper said the home affairs select committee, which she chairs, would be demanding answers from ministers following the leak because it suggested the government was not prepared to wait and listen to independent advice on the issue.

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