The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged PM Theresa May to drop her “blunt target” on immigration and introduce new freedom of movement rules for EU citizens post-Brexit.
In a report published today, the CBI stated that the nation’s needs are more complex than simply ensuring that the UK could attract the “brightest and best”.
“We accept freedom of movement is over. We accept there needs to be an element of control,” said Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, adding: “But we are absolutely clear that immigration delivers huge economic value to the UK, so it needs to be open.”
The government’s immigration white paper has been postponed until October this year.