Streeting – Government must not worsen skills shortages through unreasonable migration cuts

Britain needs a post-Brexit immigration system that supports business and prevents skills shortages from developing in our economy, a new report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) says today [Thursday].

Commenting, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“This report rightly sets out how important immigration from Europe is to our economy, and how damaging it would be to businesses and jobs if Brexit leads to unreasonable restrictions on people who move here to work.

“As well as guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens already living here, the Government needs to craft an immigration strategy that allows workers from Europe to come to Britain to fill skills shortages in businesses and in our National Health Service.

“Ministers should listen to the REC and ensure that Brexit will not worsen skills shortages in our country. They should start by listening to businesses and health experts alike, who have called on them to drop their damaging and unachievable immigration target.” 

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Notes to editors:

Government statistics shows there has been a 96% drop in nurses from the EU applying to work in the NHS since the EU referendum:https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/12/96-drop-in-eu-nurses-registering-to-work-in-britain-since-brexit-vote

Open Britain and the Independent are 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

Recent research by RepGraph has exposed the skills shortages in our economy which would be exacerbated by achieving the Government’s immigration target: http://www.open-britain.co.uk/umunna_migration_target_will_exacerbate_skills_shortages_and_british_businesses_will_pay_the_price