Prime Minister Teresa May has scrapped the £65 fee that millions of EU citizens would be made to pay to remain in the UK after Brexit, a decision that has been ‘welcomed’ by the hospitality industry.
The scheme would have meant that EU residents wishing to stay in the country after 30 June 2021 would have to apply to the government in order to have an indefinite right to remain.
Applications would have cost £65 for adults and £32.50 for under 16s, and would’ve had a major impact on the hospitality industry, which relies heavily on staff from outside the UK to fill job roles.
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said that scrapping the plans ‘provided peach of mind for many EU citizens working in the UK’s hospitality sector’, and will save the sector and their families an estimated £20m.
She said: “It will save the hospitality sector, workers and their families an estimated £20 million and is a gesture that rightly highlights the hugely valuable contribution EU workers make to the UK economy, particularly in hospitality. It is encouraging that the government has heard our concerns.
“Now we need the government to outline its course of action, to find a solution that minimises disruption to businesses, which need a better idea of what lies ahead. Parliament needs to settle on a decision, preferably avoiding a no deal Brexit, and give UK businesses a chance to prepare for the future.”
Earlier this month, BH reported how Jonathan Raggett, managing director at Red Carnation Hotels would pledge £75k to applying for Settled Status on behalf of his workforce, 800 of which across the collection are non-UK passport holders.