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Lords Committee looks at Brexit impact on labour market

The Lords Economic Affairs Committee is calling for written evidence on the importance of EU workers to the UK economy, and on what the impacts might be if immigration from the EU were to be curbed.

The latest group of parliamentarians to examine the likely impacts of Brexit is the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, which has announced an inquiry called 'Brexit: Labour market - threat or opportunity?'  

Explaining the topic, the Committee notes that while an objective of the Government is to significantly reduce the level of migration into the UK, and that Brexit presents an opportunity to restructure immigration policy with respect to the EU, some businesses are anxious about the proposed controls. The Committee will therefore examine the competing claims about the reliance of the UK economy on migrant labour.

This is clearly an  area of crucial concern to the food sector, which is currently heavily reliant on migrant labour at all stages of the supply chain. The Committee has called for written evidence  on a number of questions, to be received before 20 February, and will hold public hearings in February and March. Details here.

Sustain is working with a wide coalition of like-minded organisations for a greener, fairer food system post-Brexit: find out more here

Published 3 Feb 2017

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