The big question in the current news is should the UK leave the EU? With a trade in excess of £400 billion, this equals to around 52% of the UK’s total trade in goods and services. So many things need to be considered – it would mean moving away from the single market which is one of the main reasons why companies decide to invest in the UK, but what will it mean to your organisation and staff? Will non UK citizens in your organisation require going through the immigration process and applying for employment rights, and how will EU countries react? Will it result in limitations to EMEA mobility?    Seasonal trade in such areas as Cornwall, and regional districts heavily rely on EU Support. Businesses are assisted with rent on offices, boosting employee’s pay, and providing internet access. The UK leaving the EU could see this go, resulting in people losing jobs, or struggling to survive on lower wages, which could add more stress on the current climate.    On the other hand, some believe leaving the EU will only benefit the economy, giving small and medium sized firms the freedom from EU regulations to trade, which could lead to a million British jobs being created. Britain would also gain full control of its own borders, and be able to control or even stop the flow of migrants from EU countries, but this could also affect the 700, 000 UK citizens living and working in the EU.   Although there is a lot of uncertainty around what would happen if the UK leaves the EU, it will benefit in some areas and cause concern in others both within our professional and personal lives. Michael is a Consultant in our London office and would like to continue to be able to move around freely within Europe

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