THE number of EU nationals leaving the UK has reached its highest level for a decade, causing concerns that Scottish businesses may suffer as a result.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 130,000 EU nationals left the UK in the year to September. The ONS said Brexit could be a factor in people’s decision to leave the UK.
Hospitality organisations are urging the UK government not to impose excessive restrictions on workers from the EU.
“From restaurants and takeaways to manufacturing, many are already struggling to fill vacancies,” said Jim Winship, director of the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association.
There are worries for Scottish produce as well, as a Seasonal Workers Survey by NFU Scotland showed that 74% of farmers expected increased recruitment challenges in 2018.