UK Government commissions Brexit impact report
The UK’s Home Office has today commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to report “on the impact on the UK labour market of the UK’s exit from the European Union”. The Government has set a deadline of September 2018 for the MAC report.
In her letter to Professor Alan Manning, the chair of the MAC, the UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We are working towards the goal of achieving sustainable levels of net migration but we also want to ensure all economic impacts are well understood and prepared for.
“The Government also said that after the UK leaves the EU, free movement will end but migration between the UK and the EU will continue. Migration benefits the UK, economically, culturally and socially. Our businesses, agriculture, public services, voluntary organisations and universities rely to a greater or lesser extent on migration for labour, skills and ideas. Britain is a tolerant country, open for business and will stay that way. We will remain a hub for international talent and our departure from the EU must be seen in this context.
“But sharply increased levels of net migration since 1997, from both the EU and beyond, have given rise to public concern about pressure on public services and wages. These concerns about the sustainability of unrestricted migration from the EU featured strongly in the debate surrounding the referendum on the United Kingdom’s EU membership on 23 June 2016. The public must have confidence in our ability to control immigration from the EU.”
Logistics is just one of the many UK industries that has drawn on migrants from other European countries to help fulfil its labour needs. The Home Secretary sought to allay the concerns of employers by assuring them that: “As part of a smooth and orderly transition as we leave the EU, the second phase of our immigration proposals is based on a temporary implementation period to ensure there is no cliff-edge on the UK’s departure for employers or individuals.”