BREXIT effect – Top firm Warns it May have to Move out of UK
Accountancy firm Deloitte has insisted that some services would “more likely” be “reluctantly” moved out of the UK if immigration rules tighten.
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.
But in an interview with Sky News Mr Sproul said if too strong a stance on immigration was taken by the UK government it would probably have to move some of its business outside the country.
He said: “We have more than 100 nationalities working for us in the UK. Having a diverse workforce is vital in terms of allowing us to grow and innovate.”
If the company was no longer allowed to “bring people in” it could adapt training for British people and “some of that would definitely be possible”, Mr Sproul said.
However, while the firm has no current plans to relocate, he said it was “more likely” that some of the work currently carried out here would have to “reluctantly” be moved.
A Telegraph article said a leaked memo from Deloitte earlier this week claimed the government could not cope with Brexit and an extra 30,000 civil servants may be needed to cope with the additional workload.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the memo was “unsolicited” and that the consultant who wrote it had not been working for the Government.
A Deloitte spokesperson said: “Bringing in talent is important to the company’s success and any significant restrictions on the ability of British companies to recruit from overseas could create challenges, but the UK is a very attractive market for Deloitte and will remain so.”
According to a BBC report the majority of migrant visas, nearly 169,000, were for work in 2015 and 280,000 non-EU citizens were expected to enter the UK on study visas.