Following the EU Referendum result, our CEO, Richard Pennycook, has written to The Times urging that clarity and reassurance is given to EU citizens already working in the UK. Our Co-op employs many thousands of citizens from other EU countries and Richard believes there should be a distinction drawn in EU exit negotiations between those already living and working here and the future movement of people from the EU.
Here’s the full text of Richard’s letter, published in The Times on Wednesday 29 June:
“It is clear that the negotiations concerning our withdrawal from the EU will be protracted, and we will all need to manage through the uncertainty caused. Those EU citizens living in the UK, and indeed ours living elsewhere in the EU, face particular worry. In the Co-op, we have many thousands of valued colleagues who find themselves in this position. The free movement of people will be a key area of negotiation between our Government and other Member States, and we would urge the negotiators to draw a distinction, rapidly, between those already here and those who may wish to come in the future.”
CEO, The Co-op