A delegate at the CBI conference this week muses on the crane-filled (for now) skyline of London’s Docklands, after hearing Theresa May reavow her pledge to crack down on migration from the EU – generating gloom among industry chiefs around predicted worker shortages


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Read: May repeats goal of ending freedom of movement

The Prime Minister has repeated her goal of ending freedom of movement for EU nationals once the UK has left the trading block next year, scotching industry hopes that it will be able to easily recruit vital staff from the region.

Speaking at the CBI’s annual conference Theresa May said that it would “no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi” once the UK has split from Europe.