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BRC asks for further clarity for EU nationals working in UK retail

Laura  Barnes
BRC asks for further clarity for EU nationals working in UK retail

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has been campaigning for the rights of EU nationals currently in the UK and UK nationals in other EU member states to be confirmed since the Referendum outcome last year.

Now, in response to the UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement on the status of EU Nationals after Brexit, the BRC says it is “encouraging” that the Government has put this issue at the top of their policy agenda going into Brexit negotiations.

In a statement, Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the BRC, outlined just how much of an impact EU nationals make to the UK retail industry, and why its important the Government provide further clarity on the subject.

“The UK retail industry employs approximately 120,000 EU nationals who make a huge contribution in every type of role from the boardroom to distribution centres and customer service and they deserve this early reassurance that they will still be welcome here, whatever Brexit may bring,” said Dickinson.
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“Avoiding a cliff edge for retailers and their workforce is critical to our members, so the Government must now agree and communicate a cut-off date. It will be imperative that the new application system for settled status is as simple and accessible as possible.”

In March 2017, the BRC said workers from the European Union were “part of the reason that British retailers are often able to deliver affordable and high-quality goods”.

In response to the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50, Dickinson said: “The UK’s post-Brexit labour and immigration policy should be framed to enable domestic firms, including retailers themselves, to access the skills they need. Not only would this help our exporters, but it will help retailers keep prices low for British consumers.”

Tags: Retail , brc , brexit , EU nationals

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