Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said:
“Businesses want to help their EU staff navigate the process to stay in the UK and welcome this clarity around the future rules. It is absolutely right that the Home Office’s default is to look for reasons to grant, rather than deny, applications and ensure caseworkers have the necessary flexibility to exercise discretion when considering EU national’s individual circumstances.
“Now the Home Office must match these words with the delivery of an efficient and smooth process.
“It is also time to confirm that this offer to EU citizens is independent of wider negotiations and that it will not be taken off the table altogether in the event of ‘no deal’.”