Monday, 13 August 2018 05:01


The SNP has warned that the impact of the Tory government’s hard Brexit plans is already harming the economy and businesses, as a new report revealed that fewer EU citizens are coming to the UK and companies are struggling to fill vacancies.

In a survey of 2,000 employers, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) warned that many businesses were being hit by “supply shock,” and that two in five employers were finding it more difficult to fill vacancies over the past year. It warned that the drop in the number and suitability of applicants was a driving factor.

Last week, a report published by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) concluded that the UK government should “build public trust in the UK’s migration system by shifting away from controlling numbers,” and for reform of the UK’s non-EU immigration system so that firms “can better access people and skills from around the world, not just the EU.”

The SNP's Westminster Europe spokesperson, Peter Grant MP, said:

“The UK hasn’t even left the EU yet and already businesses are beginning to feel the Brexit bite, and both of these surveys simply confirm what businesses in my constituency are telling me.

“The UK government’s hostile rhetoric towards EU nationals, coupled with its ideological plans for a hard Brexit, have put off skilled and much needed workers coming to the UK to help strengthen our economy and business sector.

“With time running out for the UK to secure a deal with our EU neighbours, the Prime Minister must take heed of the mounting and tangible economic evidence against a hard Brexit, and step back from the cliff-edge.

“The UK government is leading the economy and business community down the path of economic self-sabotage if it continues to side-line parliament, ignore devolved administrations, and push aside warnings by organisations.

“It’s high time Theresa May ended the narrow-minded approach, and instead worked with the devolved governments in order to protect our economy, businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

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