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Possible barista visa to help businesses keep hold of EU staff

Home Secretary Amber Rudd is considering introducing a ‘barista visa’ to ensure coffeehouses and bars to hold on to EU staff after Brexit.

Migration Watch UK chairman Lord Green has proposed that young EU citizens should be allowed to work in the UK’s hospitality industry after Brexit.

Lord Green’s also suggests that their time should be limited to two years and that they should be unable to claim benefits or free housing.

Lord Green told The Sun: “We can kill two birds with one stone here. “We can meet the needs of pubs and restaurants and maintain our links with young Europeans by allowing them to come for a strictly limited period of two years to work. It is quite possible that an unlimited supply of cheap labour has been a disincentive to investment in machinery.”

A Home Office spokesman added: “Leaving the European Union allows Britain to take control of our immigration system.

“We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future system to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people.

“It is logical to consult on proposals to make sure businesses, services and communities can contribute their views.

“However, as we are currently considering the various options as to how EU migration might work once we have left, it would be wrong to set out further positions at this stage.”

Wednesday, 19th April, 2017
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