MP Suggests High Charge for each EU Worker
An immigration minister has suggested £1,000-a-year charge on every EU skilled worker employed in the UK after Brexit.
According to an article in the Guardian Robert Goodwill suggested the skills levy as it would “be helpful to British workers who feel they are overlooked”.
A £1,000 immigration “skills charge” is being brought by the government this April for firms recruiting workers from outside the EU.
Downing Street said Mr Goodwill’s proposal was not being considered and suggested his remarks had been “misinterpreted”, according to the Guardian’s article.
The London Chamber of Commerce said that with EU nationals accounting for 15% of the current UK workforce the levy would mean “effectively fining” a lot of firms.
Many companies are already considering their stay in the UK with the impending trigger of Article 50.
Most recently accountancy firm Deloitte has insisted that some services would “more likely” be “reluctantly” moved out of the UK if immigration rules tighten.
Despite the firm saying the UK was an attractive market and they had no immediate plans to leave Deloitte’s UK chief executive David Sproul said the company relied on being able to recruit the brightest and best from abroad in order to be successful.