Philip Hammond 'tells Brexiteers to DELAY migration talks and warns AGAINST hard Brexit'
Hammond, who campaigned for Remain, has warned against a hard Brexit and Britain should keep all possibilities open following Amber Rudd’s calls for a visa-entry scheme for skilled migrants.
Any such proposal would stop all non-skilled EU migrants entering the UK.
The 60-year-old has sparked fury within the Government after scaremongering about the possibilities posed by a hard Brexit.
In the past, Hammond has mooted at retaining the UK’s access to the single market.
The Chancellor’s proposals were made during a sub-committee meeting where the consequences of Britain’s failure to strike trade deals were discussed – and what would happen if the UK had to rely on the World Trade Organisation’s tariffs.
Hammond’s remarks have sparked fears the Europhile could be trying to hold up Brexit negotiations – with the Treasury accused of failing to deliver any significant assistance in the Brexit divorce.
Experts have warned against the introduction of work permits for EU migrants – stating a complete shutdown of unskilled EU migrants could cripple the British economy.
Director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, told the Times: “Businesses across the UK report skill shortages at a number of different levels, from agriculture and hospitality at the lower skilled level right up through to educated individuals at the top their profession.
“Businesses are pretty clear they will need workers from overseas with various skill levels in the years ahead, even if we train more people at home.
“The risk is the government arbitrarily decides whether an individual is skilled or unskilled when really the requirements of the vacancy should do that.”
“If firms cannot access lower skilled workers from the EU, key sectors will find it tough to fill the roles and grow.”
Hammond, who also served as a cabinet minister under David Cameron, has been forced to fight off claims he was due to resign as Chancellor.
The Chancellor’s aides described such claims as “nonsense” and that “there is no issue. Things are working perfectly well.”