The UK government has tasked the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to examine the role EU nationals play in the UK economy and society. MAC is the government’s independent advisers on migration.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has engaged the MAC. It will look into the British labour market, the overall role of migration in the wider economy and how a modern industrial strategy should align with the UK’s immigration system. The MAC will consult widely with businesses, employer organisations and EU citizens working in the UK.

The importance of this should not be underestimated, since free movement will end when we exit the EU. The government is working on plans to develop the flow of migration from Europe – see our blog post from 13 July ( The UK and the European Commission had key discussions at the end of July. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for late August.