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CECA: EU migration review will be key to tackling impact of Brexit   27th July 2017

Civils contractors today welcomed the Government’s announcement of an investigation into migration from the EU as the basis of laying the foundations for an evidence-based post-Brexit immigration system.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to commission the independent Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis on a sector-by-sector basis of the impact of EU migration to the UK. The study is due to report back in September 2018.

Commenting, Director of External Affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Marie-Claude Hemming said: “It is a positive development that the Government has recognised that it must put in place a migration system that mitigates the potential impact of Brexit on the different sectors of the British economy.

“The construction sector requires more than 35,000 new workers per year, and requires flexibility in its workforce if it is to meet demand.

“A key part of mitigating any potential impacts of Brexit must be the immediate guarantee of the rights of EU construction workers living in the UK to ensure those who are are helping to build the future health of the UK economy can continue to do so post-Brexit.

“It is also important that the Government provides the certainty business needs by setting out at the earliest opportunity how EU migration will occur in any potential ‘transition’ period after March 2019.

“CECA looks forward to working with Government and other industry bodies to deliver solutions - in both the long and short-term - that ensure that our industry will able to both upskill the existing workforce, and attract new entrants, once Britain has left the EU.” 
  

 

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