Bradshaw – Latest REC report shows need for Ministers to drop the immigration target

Brexit is making the employment situation for British companies “more challenging”, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) says today [Wednesday].

Releasing its latest report into the jobs market, REC chief executive Kevin Green says: “In London for example, a third of people working in construction are from the EU and it’s difficult to see how firms will manage if their workforce aren’t encouraged to stay in the UK and continue to contribute to our economy.” 

Commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“British businesses and public services are dependent on EU citizens living here who work hard, contribute to our economy and pay their taxes. This report is clear that hard Brexit could make life more challenging for firms by making it harder for them to access the skills they need. 

“The Government needs to put our economy and our public services first, and drop its ideological hostility to immigration. They should start by dropping their unachievable and damaging target of cutting net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’.” 

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Notes to editors:

Open Britain and The Independent are together campaigning for the Government to drop its target of cutting annual net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/campaigns/dropthetarget