Businesses Warn UK Over Freedom of Movement as Brexit Talks Begin: Think Tanks – New York Times

Businesses Warn UK Over Freedom of Movement as Brexit Talks Begin: Think Tanks – New York Times

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LONDON — Britain should ensure that employers retain access to both skilled and unskilled workers from the European Union as it begins talks to leave the bloc or there is a risk of damaging UK businesses, a research report by two think tanks said on Monday.

With Britain’s negotiations on the terms of its departure from the EU set to begin on Monday, the country risks skills shortages and losing business if it ends freedom of movement without a new plan for attracting workers, the report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said.

“If the Government does not provide a user-friendly, flexible and affordable immigration system for EU nationals post Brexit… significant numbers of employers will be forced to relocate or focus future growth outside the UK,” said Gerwyn Davies, CIPD labor market adviser.

“With the Brexit negotiations starting this week, there is still little clarity on the immigration system that the UK will adopt after Brexit.”

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