A new report by the Federation of Small Businesses today [Tuesday] shows that one in five small firms in the UK employ workers from the EU, and 59 per cent of those are worried about skills shortages after Brexit.
13% of small businesses with employees from the EU would consider moving their business abroad if there were additional barriers to recruiting EU workers.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“This Government is sacrificing economic prosperity on the altar of lower immigration, and Britain’s small businesses are already feeling worried.
“We need a post-Brexit immigration system that lets our businesses and public services bring in the workers they need to grow our economy and serve the public.
“All the evidence suggests that immigration has been a net gain for the public finances, and helps create more jobs for British people.
“The Government need to drop their unworkable and damaging target of cutting net migration to the tens of thousands.”