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EU migrants "crucial" to sector, says British Hospitality Association

BHA has also called for a 10-year implementation period for Brexit to allow employers more time to adapt
17/01/2017

Pictured: Ufi Ibrahim

The British Hospitality Association has said it is “crucial” for the sector that EU migrants continue to be welcomed into the country.

And it has called for a 10-year implementation period for Brexit to allow employers more time to adapt.

BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim was responding to Theresa May’s speech outlining the government’s 12 priorities for negotiating with the EU.

Ibrahim said: “The BHA has already called for a 10 year timescale to provide employers and British society more time to adapt, considering that the industry employs well over 700,000 EU workers. 

“In the meantime, it is crucial for the hospitality and tourism industry – the UK’s fourth largest sector – that EU migrants continue to be welcomed into our country.

“The impact of Brexit on labour shortages does not apply only to the technology and science industries but also sectors such as care and hospitality and tourism. Without EU workers our industry will be unable to welcome visitors from home and abroad and keep the UK going.”

The independent Migration Observatory at Oxford University believes that hospitality is likely to be the sector most seriously disadvantaged by changes to immigration rules arising out of Brexit.


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