The government has been criticised by the Mayor of London for its lack of support for businesses who need to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
Sadiq Khan was speaking as he confirmed that City Hall will step up preparations to prepare for the event of a no-deal Brexit, which will see various consultations with the business community over the coming months to determine how City Hall can provide the support the Mayor believes is currently lacking from the government.
He has been scathing in his criticism of the possibility that a ‘chaotic’ no-deal Brexit is something that is becoming more of a reality and he said the time is now for businesses to gain “vital” support.
He said: “The government has completely mishandled the Brexit negotiations and been held hostage by the hard-Brexit zealots in Parliament.
“Even Minsiters now admit that crashing out of the EU with no deal is now more likely than ever. If the government had taken a different approach to the negotiations, this would never have been an option, but we are now left with no choice but to plan for a no-deal scenario.
“It is vital that businesses get the advice and support they need to start planning for the chaos of a no-deal Brexit now, before it’s too late.”
In particular, the Mayor called on the Prime Minister to extend her offer of settled status to EU citizens already living in the UK, regardless of the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
Through the current settled status offer, the future of EU citizens in the UK is reliant on successful negotiations.
The potential loss of these employees could be damaging for a range of different industries in the UK. The construction sector has previously voiced its concerns about whether or not it will have access to employees from the EU.
And the statistics of construction workers in London exacerbates those fears; currently, 32% of construction jobs in London are filled by EEA nationals.
It makes the resolution of negotiations imperative for this and many other sectors.