Borders between countries will become “irrelevant” by the end of the century, the shadow chancellor has suggested.
John McDonnell said it is inevitable that there will eventually be open borders, warning that people are already “ignoring” boundaries that currently exist.
Meanwhile, Mr McDonnell also said the UK should be doing more to help the millions of migrants arriving in the European Union.
The Labour frontbencher delivered a speech in 2013 in which he suggested borders could become a thing of the past.
Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme, Mr McDonnell was asked to elaborate on that suggestion.
“Inevitably in this century we will have open borders,” he said.
“We are seeing it in Europe already. The movement of peoples across the globe will mean that borders are almost going to become irrelevant by the end of this century so we should be preparing for that and explaining why people move.”