Brexit negotiations: Hope for EU workers

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The was a glimmer of hope for EU nationals living in the UK last night, as Theresa May announced an offer which would allow those resident for five years, the right to stay.

Addressing the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels May said: ‘The UK’s position represents a fair and serious offer, and one aimed at giving as much certainty as possible to citizens who have settled in the UK, building careers and lives and contributing so much to our society.’

However, the announcement was notably criticised today by European Council president Donald Tusk, who said it was ‘below expectations’. The EU is seeking to secure the ‘full rights’ of all 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK and 1.2 million British expats on the continent.

It is believed around 23% of the hospitality workforce in the UK is made up of EU workers. A KPMG report in March found that without EU workers, hospitality would face a recruitment shortfall of around 60,000 workers per year.

‘Theresa May’s desire to give citizens who have settled in the UK certainty is most welcome, as we have continually called for clarity for our workforce,’ Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), said.

‘We also want to see progress on robust transitional arrangements to run over a number of years, and efforts towards ensuring trade is as free as possible, with frictionless customs arrangements between Britain and the EU.’

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls added: ‘The prime minister’s statement is a welcome indication that the Government recognises the value of EU workers to the UK economy, and that a sensible solution will prevail. This has the makings of an insightful and pragmatic step to safeguard the rights of EU workers’ rights and, in turn, economic growth.

‘Around 180,000 workers in eating and drinking out businesses are EU nationals. This is a huge part of a workforce that plays a significant role in the UK’s economy.’




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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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