Lib Dems respond to FSB report on Brexit and loss of EU workers

One in five small firms in the UK employ workers from the EU and 59% of these are worried about accessing people with the skills they need post-Brexit, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

13% of small businesses with employees from the EU would consider moving their business abroad if there were additional barriers to recruiting EU workers.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Susan Kramer said:

"This report shows small firms are set to bear the brunt of Theresa May's divisive hard Brexit.

"The reckless decision to leave the single market and not to guarantee the rights of EU workers has plunged small businesses into uncertainty, with many now even considering moving abroad.

"Meanwhile skilled EU workers who contribute to our economy, pay their taxes and help fund our public services are being made to feel unwelcome. 

"The Conservatives have lost any right to call themselves the party of business.

"This election is a chance to change the direction of our country and protect the economy from a disastrous hard Brexit."