Britain would face labour shortages in London and the south-east from a no-deal Brexit, according to a report calling for the government to extend freedom of movement for EU migrants to protect the wider economy.
The Guardian reports that the Centre for Cities thinktank urged the government to extend freedom of movement for two years after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, in the event of no deal on the terms of exit and future relations with the union.
Publishing a report on EU citizens working in British towns and cities across the country, the Centre for Cities warned cities such as Oxford, Cambridge and London, where the vote was in favour of remaining in the EU, are reliant on EU migrants, making them particularly vulnerable to tougher immigration rules should Britain crash out without a deal.
The report said about one in 10 employees in major southern cities were from the EU. It said they had brought with them “significant economic benefits” to the wider British economy, which could be put at risk from a no-deal Brexit.
BBC reports also that yesterday Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said, that the UK will move swiftly” to safeguard the future of EU citizens in the event of no deal being agreed,
After talks in Brussels, he told the BBC the UK had a “moral obligation” to people and it was “inconceivable” they would be “turfed out”.