Heard it all before! Brexit exodus scare stories DISMANTLED – businessman hits out

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Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe said similar doom-mongering predictions had failed to materialise in the past. His intervention comes after a new study found nearly half of British business leaders fear losing the UK’s best talent abroad following the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. The survey, published by City AM, claimed that 29 percent at mid and junior levels were pessimistic about the UK’s chances to compete for the best talent after the EU split.

Commenting on the study, by UK-based management providers MovePlan and headhunter Hanson Search, Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “We’ve heard these scare stories for years.

“Time and time again, it never materialises. The UK now has a unique pull for talent from across the world, not just our European neighbours.

“We now need to ditch the Covid shackles and embrace ‘Global Britain’.

“Never before has the State had so much control over our lives. Cut the Whitehall bureaucracy that is suffocating business, claw back control from central Government and let’s make the UK the best place in the world to do business. We will all benefit.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other senior members of his Government have vowed that the UK’s divorce from the EU will not mark a retreat into isolationism.

They insist it will usher in a period of openness to attract the best talent from around the globe, as well as giving businesses the environment to maintain their current talent pools.

Despite their pledges, Britain has suffered somewhat of an exodus of EU workers in recent months.

More than 90,000 EU workers have left the UK, resulting in job vacancies soaring by around 342 percent.

It was claimed the pandemic-ravaged hospitality sector was worst-affected since it was allowed to reopen.

Experts, however, insisted the loss of EU workers was down to Covid closures rather than Brexit.

Many European employees returned home when they were no longer allowed to work during the lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus.

Around 1.3 million non-UK workers are thought to have left Britain since late 2019.

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The UK is hoping to encourage more non-Europeans to live and work in the country to promote “Global Britain”.

In May, the Government struck a deal with India to help thousands of young people live and work in each other’s countries for two years.

The Home Office scheme for 18 to 30-year-old professionals would allow “the brightest and best” to come to the UK based on “skills and talent”.

It is also believed the scheme will help “crack down” on illegal migration routes.

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The Young Professionals Scheme will be open to 3,000 people from each India and the UK per year.

At the time, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This landmark agreement with our close partners in the government of India will provide new opportunities to thousands of young people in the UK and India seeking to live, work and experience each other’s cultures.

“This agreement will also ensure that the British government can remove those with no right to be in the UK more easily and crack down on those abusing our system.”

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