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Home Office to assess EU workers

Home secretary Amber Rudd insists small businesses "will continue to attract" skilled foreign workers after the UK leaves the EU.

Ms Rudd reassured businesses there will be a transitional period when it comes to employing foreign workers in the UK after Brexit.

From March 2019, EU workers moving to the UK will have to register until a permanent post-Brexit immigration policy is implemented.

The home secretary has commissioned the migration advisory committee to consider the economic impact of EU workers in a bid to shape an evidence-based future migration policy.

Mike Cherry, chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

"Skills and labour from the EU play an important role in many small businesses, with 1 in 5 small employers having EU workers.

"The migration advisory committee needs to engage with the small business community to address the concerns of small employers and the self-employed."

However, the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) said businesses "urgently" need to know what any transitional period would look like after Brexit.

Josh Hardie, deputy director-general at the CBI, added:

"Given the importance of mobile skills and labour for the UK economy, firms will want the review to move at pace and include the views of all sectors."

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