|One in five small firms in the United Kingdom employ workers from the European Union and 59% of these are worried about accessing people with the skills they need post-Brexit, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
13% of small businesses with employees from the EU would consider moving their business abroad if there were additional barriers to recruiting EU workers, it says.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley said:
“This report shows small firms are set to bear the brunt of Theresa May’s divisive Tory Hard Brexit.
The reckless decision to leave the single market and not to guarantee the rights of EU workers has plunged small businesses into uncertainty, with many now even considering moving abroad.
Meanwhile, skilled EU workers who contribute to our economy, pay their taxes and help fund our public services are being made to feel unwelcome.
The Conservatives have lost any right to call themselves the party of business. These elections are a chance to change the direction of our country and protect the economy from a disastrous hard Brexit.”
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