The UK’s logistics industry is demanding that the Government publishes the results of its Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the future role of European workers in the UK immediately, instead of waiting until its proposed publication date next year.
According to the Freight Transport Association, waiting until the UK is on the point of leaving the European Union before deciding the future of EU workers in such a key sector could have a catastrophic effect on all aspects of the nation’s supply chain and its ability to deliver what British business and industry needs to continue to keep trading successfully.
“The UK is a trading nation, and trade needs to continue to flow freely across its borders,” says James Hookham, deputy CEO of the FTA, “whatever political negotiations are under way.
“The country’s businesses will need time to plan efficiently in the run up to, and after, Brexit, and leaving crucial members of the workforce under a cloud of uncertainty as to their legal status and right to work in the UK is an irresponsible move.
“Lack of available skilled staff will pose a serious threat to links at every stage of the nation’s supply chain, and could jeopardise supplies of goods and services to homes, businesses and manufacturers at a time when they can least afford it.”