EEF comment on EU citizens' rights paper

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Commenting on the Government’s EU citizens’ rights paper, Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and Skills at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said:

“The frustrations felt by many employers will not be eased with the publication of the Government’s migration offer.

“The proposed system seemingly requires two new sets of registration for EU nationals who want to live and work in Britain - one leading to permanent status and the other for a work permit. The announcement which ranges from Government ‘wanting to’ to ‘intending to’ will do nothing to ease the uncertainly of EU nationals and their employers.

“Employers need clarity and certainty well before the date we officially leave the EU and face a tipping point after which it becomes almost impossible to retain or attract employees from Europe. With most other EU countries already using a registration system, operating in a similar way to that proposed, now is the time to radically rethink our approach to Brexit enabling the UK to enjoy premium access to the single market and the EU workforce when we leave.” 


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