Brexit has created shortage of 330,000 workers in UK, say economists

System working ‘broadly as Leave advocates promised’, say think tanks’ report

Adam Forrest
Political Correspondent
Tuesday 17 January 2023 12:03 GMT
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Post-Brexit immigration rules have led to a shortfall of around 330,000 workers in the UK, according to top economists.

The ending of free movement is “contributing significantly” to current labour shortages, a joint report by the UK in a Changing Europe and the Centre for European Reform think tanks has found.

The study found the low-skilled sectors – including hospitality, retail, construction and transportation – had been badly hit by the loss of EU workers after Brexit.

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