Commenting on the Brexit white paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, published by the government today (12 July 2018) the Recruitment & Confederation’s chief executive, Neil Carberry says:

‘There is a pragmatism to this White Paper that is welcome, even at this late hour. Government has taken on board many business concerns about the smooth operation of our economy as we leave the EU.

‘Recruiters have been clear that Britain needs a comprehensive mobility deal with the EU to support national prosperity. The White Paper suggests this may be possible, but it leaves too many questions unanswered.

‘Access to the UK for EU workers after the transition period should be based on coming to make a contribution, not a numerical target. Those with a job should be able to work here, plugging labour shortages as record numbers of people are in employment.

‘We want to see eligibility to work attached to individuals rather than through sponsorship with an employer – so people are not tied to a single employer once they are here.

‘We published new research this week which says that British firms could come unstuck in key sectors like food supply if the government does not allow employers to continue to access temporary and seasonal workers from the European Union (EU) after Brexit.’

This article was originally posted on REC.