The ALMR has moved to reassure the UK’s licensed hospitality sector following the triggering of Article 50.
The ALMR has been the primary voice of the out-of-home sector in dialogue with the Government highlighting the concerns of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. The ALMR will continue to work closely with policy-makers to ensure that vital access to people and products is secured.
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The ALMR has had regular meetings with the Government and been in constant contact to ensure that the voices of pubs and restaurants are heard. The licensed hospitality sector is a crucial employer and we have been making that point to the Government forcefully. Yesterday’s formal statement to the EU acknowledges many of the concerns the ALMR has raised, particularly the rights of EU citizens and the safeguarding of supply chains.
“Businesses should remember that, even though Article 50 has been triggered, nothing will change immediately. The Government has two years to reach a deal with the EU, leaving plenty of time for information to filter through.
“Pubs, restaurants and bars will be looking to the Government to negotiate on their behalf and on behalf of their employees, many of whom are from the European Union. It is crucial that the Government recognises that we need a safeguarding of this access to employees in order to fill a skills and employment gap. The ALMR will be at the forefront of the campaign to ensure that businesses have the support they need to continue growing.”