The Government must give EU nationals arriving to work in Britain after Brexit a path to “settled status” in order to prevent labour shortages, construction industry leaders warn today [Wednesday].
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“It is crucial that Britain remains an open and welcoming place for EU citizens after Brexit, and that we value and protect those who have already made their home here.
“The construction sector is quite clear that to build the homes Britain needs in the future, we will continue to need workers from Europe working on building sites as well as Brits. The same goes for sectors as varied as health, social care, hospitality and retail. Ministers should listen up.
“EU nationals contribute far more to the public purse than they take out. So pursuing a 'tens of thousands' net migration target, and using Brexit as an excuse for a crackdown, is both draconian and foolish. Ministers should start putting people and the economy first, by dropping the target and immediately guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals already living in the UK.”