What does Brexit mean for freedom of movement and immigration?

The free movement of people has been a cornerstone of the European Union and has played an important role in business.

Although nothing will likely change for at least two years, negotiations on the UK's access to the Single Market will impact the immigration status of employees across both the EU and UK in some way.

Businesses will need to consider the pipeline of skills and talent within the resident labour market for all companies operating in these regions and, in turn, how this impacts medium- to long-term business goals.

We're working with clients to help them address the challenges they're facing in relation to immigration and freedom of movement following the Brexit vote, including:

  • Identifying affected employees and assisting with confirming their status in the UK, as well as with relevant employment and data protection laws
  • Advising on the practical implications of suggested future immigration rules e.g. a points based system
  • Developing and implementing robust immigration policies, processes and employee communications
  • Advising on and supporting the implementation of alternative routes for citizenship, residency and right to work
  • Supporting the maintenance of a strong pipeline of skills and talent, exploring new talent pools if required, to support future business growth and an agile workforce
  • Advising on protection of senior executives in their current roles, and helping them to remain mobile where required

Immigration and business visions for the future

In this video, Lindsey Barras outlines the need for organisations to reassess their immigration practices and re-evaluate resourcing requirements, in light of the UK's future exit from the EU.

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Julia Onslow-Cole
Partner and Head of Global Immigration
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 7252
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Lindsey Barras
Director, Global Immigration
Tel: +44 (0)20 7212 1362
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