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ALMR: Don't forget hospitality in Brexit negotiations

02 February 2017 by
ALMR: Don't forget hospitality in Brexit negotiations

The Brexit white paper was published today which set out the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Travel, food and beverages were some of the topics highlighted.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "The government's white paper identifies the need to ensure that the UK's withdrawal from the European Union does not prompt a skills shortage in this country.

"The government must secure the right to remain for non-EU UK workers and ensure that any developments relating to travel avoid a labour shortage. Licensed hospitality is dependent on workers from the EU and any restrictions that undermine an employer's ability to find the right staff could have consequences for pubs and bars, for the high street and for the wider economy.

"As the government approaches the task of removing us from the EU, it is vital that it is aware that any unduly restrictive bureaucratic controls or costs will undermine confidence, impede investment and see business lose money.

"Licensed hospitality businesses are integral to the success of the wider economy and this needs to be at the forefront of the government's minds as it approaches withdrawal from the EU."

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