15 August 2018


Open and controlled

CBI sets out recommendations for a new approach to immigration after Brexit in their latest report.

Open and controlled

Last week, the CBI published its latest report, Open and Controlled, which set out a new approach to immigration to be taken after Brexit. The report puts forward 17 clear policy recommendations so that the UK can remain open to immigration to grow the economy, whilst introducing controls to restore public confidence. 

Read the full report and a two-page summary

The report is based on direct evidence from roundtables and surveys of business leaders, as well as leading trade associations representing 129,000 businesses. From agriculture to tech, it outlines why overseas workers matter for 18 sectors across the UK economy.

Read the full report

Open and Controlled highlights that ensuring EU workers are not subject to the same burdensome rules as existing non-EU workers is vital for firms post-Brexit. It also states that migration should be put on the table in trade negotiations, first with the EU and then other countries around the world in future. As the UK leaves the EU and to make a success of ‘Global Britain’, it must remain open to talent from around the world.

Launching the report, CBI Deputy Director-General, Josh Hardie, was clear that business recognises free movement is ending. But it is possible to take a new approach that can both meet businesses need for people and skills and garner public support. As well as Josh speaking on the BBC Breakfast, Open and controlled received strong media coverage and featured in the FT, The Times, The Independent as well as Daily Mail.

Watch Josh in his BBC interview

To coincide with the launch, CBI Northern Ireland hosted the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, in Belfast. During the session the Minister was briefed on the report, heard examples from businesses illustrating its recommendations and the specific needs of companies in Northern Ireland.

With the government immigration white paper expected this autumn, the CBI will be stepping up engagement with multiple government departments and MPs over the coming months to ensure the development of a post-Brexit immigration system reflects the evidence and content of the report.

For more insight and intelligence on the latest Brexit developments and its implications, visit the CBI’s Brexit hub, or for more information on immigration contact tom.barrett@cbi.org.uk