EU workers 'are vital for United Kingdom's tech firms'
The Government must secure EU migrant talent post-Brexit or risk losing the 10% of growth said to be fuelled by the burgeoning 'flat white economy', a report has warned.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) stressed that leaving the EU could halt the "lifeblood" helping drive creative and technology businesses unless the Government can maintain the flow of migrant workers.
It said Brexit negotiations needed to start by offering guarantees to existing EU migrants already in the country before ensuring post-Brexit migration arrangements, to allow the UK's creative and digital businesses to keep growing.
The flat white economy sector grew by 9.8% to reach 9.7% of the UK's gross domestic product last year, making it the second single largest sector of the whole economy behind construction, according to the CEBR.