Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP have commissioned a survey regarding the contribution of EEA workers to Cornwall’s economy, and public services. The results will inform the LEP’s economic strategies, programmes and partnership work.

Of particular interest is the impact of Brexit, so that the Government consultations on post-Brexit immigration policy can be supported by accurate, current evidence.

So far, there have been limited responses to the survey, and with uneven representation across the sectors. It is important that local businesses and charities answer the questionnaire, in order to influence Westminster towards an immigration system that meets Cornwall’s labour market needs.

You can download here the Government’s response to the recommendations set out in the House of Lords European Union Committee’s report entitled Brexit: Devolution. Whilst it primarily seeks to address concerns of the devolved national administrations, it does occasionally reference the ‘regions’ e.g.

19. We therefore call on the UK Government, in bringing forward its forthcoming Immigration Bill, to look for opportunities to enhance the role of the devolved institutions in managing EU immigration… we urge the Government, in devising a post-Brexit immigration policy for EU nationals to ensure that maximum flexibility is granted to the UK’s nations and regions.

It’s crucial that more local businesses complete the survey, to give an accurate picture of Cornwall’s situation in order to influence future national and/or regional immigration policy.