FSB: Rights of two million EU citizens must be secured.

16th August 2019.

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on the Government to confirm the status of EU citizens in the UK after it was revealed that fewer than one in three have had settlement, or pre-settlement, status applications approved.

FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “European business owners and employees are central to the UK’s economic success. One in five small employers rely on the skills of EU citizens and – with employment levels at record-highs – one in three now say finding the right staff is a major barrier to growth.”

“We absolutely have to avoid a future scenario where our European colleagues find they’re without the right paperwork to stay in the UK. Achieving this should be fundamental to the Government’s no-deal contingency plans, details of which have been slow to emerge.”

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