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EEF: Brexit and Migration


Brexit, it seems, has been very much in the news on a daily basis for the past two-years, and with Parliament currently in deadlock the deal seems far from done.

Making sense of the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU, the EEF – The Manufacturers’ Organisation for the UK, recently held a meeting with their Employment and Skills Policy Committee, including our very own CEO Jenny Holloway, to discuss key issues surrounding migration and what it means for the many EU workers that contribute to the manufacturing sector.

Tim Parkinson led with an update on the withdrawal agreement (WA). Within the WA, the first part that was agreed was the deal on citizens’ rights. The deal is that EU nationals will get settled status once that have accrued 5 years continuous residence in the UK. If they have not accrued 5 years continuous residence then they can apply for pre-settled status, which will ultimately give them a 5 year visa, once have accrued the 5 years, they can then apply for permanent settled status.

The WA also stated:

With lots of new information to consider the EEF has put together a Toolkit designed to help businesses deal with trade and migration issues arising as a result of Brexit. The self-audit trade tool delivers a report to help companies plan for the cost of trading with the EU after the UK leaves the European Union. Along with a new migration section, which helps businesses future proof their workforce against new legislation and settlement rules.

MPs are now due to vote on the proposed Brexit deal, agreed by the UK and the EU, the outcome of which could result in a number of varied options if the deal is rejected.

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More Orders but Fewer Skilled Workers: What Brexit Means for Fashion

Brexit and British Fashion

Brexit Workforce: EEF National Manufacturing Conference 2018


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