‘EU workers vital to prosperity’ - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has endorsed concerns outlined by the business community in a letter to Theresa May about her government’s migration policy.
Sinn Fein’s Brexit Spokesperson said: “EU workers are vital to our small economy. They bring skills we don’t have and fill labour shortages at all skill levels.
“Talent gravitates towards modern, diverse and inclusive societies. But the Brexit vote has already signalled that foreign workers are not welcome. That ‘chill factor’ together with the fall in the pound triggered by the Brexit vote has already led to a 26% reduction in EEA workers.
“This problem will only get worse under the British government’s post-Brexit plans for a hostile immigration policy.
“The business community has asked for a solution to this problem. Special Status within the EU is a best of both worlds solution to the Brexit calamity - as Michel Barnier indicated yesterday. It would allow the north to continue to enjoy all of the advantages of EU membership including full access to EU workers.
"Sadly the DUP, to suit their narrow political interests, are working to prevent a solution beneficial to business and the wider community.”