Responding to the announcement that EU nationals arriving in the UK after Brexit day are guaranteed the opportunity to secure permanent residency, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry, said:
“Small firms all over the UK will welcome the offer of permanent residency for EU nationals arriving during the post-Brexit transition period. One in five small businesses with staff on their books employs an EU national. And this is at a time when small businesses are struggling to find the skills and talent they need to grow and become more productive.
“It’s essential that EU workers who come to the UK during the transition period are certain of their right to settle permanently. Employers also need this certainty to plan ahead and ensure their businesses can flourish. We must avoid cliff edge moments.
“It’s encouraging to see the Government showing that the UK is still welcoming talented workers from the EU. With employment levels close to record highs, securing the right staff is a significant challenge for small firms and vital for the UK economy.