Leaked immigration plans ‘catastrophic’ for industry, say employers

CBI and Institute of Directors urge open approach to hiring from EU after proposals for post-Brexit policy are revealed

Britain’s blueprint for a post-Brexit immigration policy, outlined in leaked Home Office documents, would be “catastrophic” for some industries, employers have warned.

European Union nationals make up about 7% of the overall UK workforce – about 2.2 million workers – with some sub-sectors of the economy reliant on migrants, official figures show. EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force in at least 18 specialist industries, according to a GMB study of Office for National Statistics figures.

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