The most significant effects on the UK workforce are likely to be in terms of jobs won or lost. It is estimated that around two million EU Nationals work in the UK. Indeed, we are already receiving calls from industries where they have a high percentage of EU and EEA workers, such as the agriculture, care and service sectors. The UK Government will now be able to control borders with a view to reducing immigration. However, work arrangements will have to be renegotiated with the EU and its Member States although it is doubtful if the new arrangements would simply replicate the present freedom of movement. If policies restrict the UK labour supply or the services provided by that labour, it will present problems to a considerable number of employers. UK employers will need to consider what their future workforce will look like if work arrangements significantly reduce the number of workers available to them.
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