Against the backdrop of continuing negotiations on the rights of EU nationals in the UK and the understanding that free movement rights may end on 29 March 2019 when Britain exits the EU, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on:

  • “the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy”.

In response, the MAC has published its “Call for Evidence”, which examines current patterns of EU/EEA migration into the UK, including regional distribution, skill level and industry sector, employers’ reliance on certain types of EEA migration and the “costs and benefits” to the UK of such reliance.

The government has reiterated its commitment to reduce net migration to tens of thousands and the response to the MAC’s Call for Evidence will help inform the government’s future immigration policy, currently being developed, including mechanisms to control the volume of migration from the EEA into the UK. In the meantime, the government has promised that there will be no “cliff edge” for employers on 29 March 2019 and, as part of its negotiating proposals to the other member states in relation to safeguarding the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, at least a two-year transitional period post-Brexit to 29 March 2021 is expected.

This important Call for Evidence seeks the views and evidence from a wide range of interested parties across the whole of the UK, including businesses, employers and recruiters. As with previous immigration consultation exercises, our UK Business Immigration team will be submitting a response and we would welcome the views and evidence of clients and contacts by 1 October 2017, ahead of the MAC’s closing date of 27 October 2017. Read more on how to respond online via the 'Download' button above.