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Long delays expected for work permits

Businesses will face long delays for work permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it has been reported. 

If the UK leaves without a withdrawal agreement on 29 March, free movement of UK nationals to the remaining 27 EU nations will immediately cease.

It could then take between a month and six months to process an application for a new work permit, The Sunday Times reports. 

A spokeswoman for the Department of Exiting the European Union said: “Our world-leading fashion industry is one of the UK’s greatest success stories, producing work and talent that is celebrated across the world. The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will not change that. 

“We have been clear that in a no-deal we would focus efforts on minimising disruption to people and businesses. Short term business visitors will be able to travel to the EU visa-free for short stays, but businesses will need to check individual member state immigration rules.”

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