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1 March 2018

FDF response to latest Home Office position on Status of EU citizens in the UK

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“FDF welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister that those EU citizens and their families who arrive during the transition period will be able to apply to settle in the UK. This provides much needed clarity both to EU citizens working in the food and drink manufacturing industry and businesses planning their future workforce needs. We were the first trade association to call for the right to remain following the referendum and have consistently made the case to Ministers and officials, in the UK and EU.

“We employ 117,000 highly valued EU workers within the food and drink sector and they play a vital role in guaranteeing the success of the £112 billion 'farm to fork' food chain. Since the referendum, EU workers in the UK have lived under a cloud of uncertainty. This announcement will provide clarity for them and their families, and help businesses make decisions in relation to the future of their workforce.”

“The Government must now move swiftly to provide clear guidance to workers and businesses, establishing a simple registration system that allows those EU citizens arriving in the UK during this period to apply for permanent residency.”

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Contact Ted Woodward, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7140.

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