23 December 2016

The TUC and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) do not always see eye to eye on work-related matters but they have come together to address a plea to the Prime Minister over what is clearly becoming an issue of real concern.

They have sent a joint letter to Theresa May on EU migrants’ right to remain in the UK after the Article 50 negotiations have concluded.

The letter, from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and BCC Director General Adam Marshall, says that the Prime Minister should make this commitment without waiting for a decision from other EU leaders, as it is both morally right and also in the interests of the British economy.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady explained: “Continued doubt about the status of workers from the rest of the EU is bad for business, and it puts services like the NHS at risk. The Government must also crack down on the minority of employers who exploit migrants and undercut wages in the local community.”

BCC Director General Adam Marshall said that taking an early and unilateral decision would be a welcome Christmas present for businesses and employees across the country.

It would also send a signal of goodwill to the EU that can only benefit the UK’s negotiating position.

The Prime Minister should, Dr Marshall concluded, demonstrate leadership by making an unequivocal commitment that EU citizens currently working here will have a permanent right to remain in the UK.