“keep the #UK open to the talent and workers which London’s economy and public services rely upon This is now even more vital during the COVID-19 pandemic Mayor Sadiq Khan

Channel 1 Los Angeles

7/13/2020 London

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan:

“While we will scrutinise the details of the Government’s announcement, I have serious concerns that these new rules could damage our capital’s economic recovery causing difficulties for key sectors such as construction and social care at the worst possible time.

“Undermining these sectors will make it even harder to build the homes we need, look after our elderly relatives, and resolve the ongoing pressures within our NHS and social care system.

“Instead of recognising the hugely positive impact that immigration has had on London and the UK’s economy and communities, the Government is pulling up the drawbridge to much of the talent we continue to need as a city and a country. I am also deeply concerned that the Government is refusing to extend the Brexit transition period, burdening businesses with the added chaos of a potential no-deal Brexit.

“Rushing through these proposals during the middle of a global pandemic is particularly irresponsible, and shows the Government once again putting political dogma ahead of what the country needs.”

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