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Top bosses urge Government to protect projects and EU workers

By Alan Jones

Business leaders have stepped up pressure on the Government to end the uncertainty facing EU nationals working in the UK following the referendum result.

In an open letter, five business groups also called for planned infrastructure projects like airport expansion, house building, rail and energy schemes to be given the go-ahead. It echoes other business and union leaders' concerns about the impact of Brexit on EU nationals living in this country and urges firm action.

The British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors, and EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, wrote: "The Government needs to provide clear leadership and immediate action on two fronts.

"First, an end to the uncertainty facing EU nationals living and working in the UK. Stopping the ugly spike in abuse and violence is imperative. So, too, is a clear and unequivocal reaffirmation of the long-term residence rights of EU citizens working in the UK.

"Second, progress on long-planned infrastructure projects. Last week's delay to a decision on airport expansion must not set the tone for other schemes."

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