Brexit and Regional Work Permits

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A Brexit deal (idea of regionally specific work permit) for London to allow the Capital's companies to continue recruiting overseas staff after withdrawal from the EU is being explored by the Mayor. This concept appears to have support of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Does the Mayor have confidence that Ministers share his views and they will work with him on this? 


Answer for Brexit and Regional Work Permits

Answer for Brexit and Regional Work Permits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry's report, Points, Permits and Visas, published in November last year was a valuable contribution to the policy options for supporting the capital's companies to continue to recruit overseas staff. The concept of a regionally specific work permit for London outlined in the report is one of a number of proposals to achieve this.

I value the Chamber's continuing work in making the case for London's businesses to be able to recruit global skills and talent.

I have made clear to Ministers that this is my priority for London in future negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU.