UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls comments on the Prime Minister’s affirmation that European citizens will be granted the right to stay in the UK if there is a no-deal Brexit. It is estimated that around one in eight of all staff working in hospitality are from other EU nations.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls, said:

“The Prime Minister’s statement gives businesses much-needed clarity on the future of its workforce as we leave the EU, with or without a deal. It rightly acknowledges the contribution made by EU nationals to UK businesses. In hospitality, EU workers help to ease acute skills and labour gaps, while the industry works to encourage more British people to choose careers in our sector.

“Allowing existing EU citizens the right to stay goes some way to support the needs of our business and will allow the sector to continue to grow, invest and benefit the UK economy.”