Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said:
“The downward trend in EU net migration in the last couple of years - combined with record low unemployment - means that skills shortages are getting worse.
“Business understands that free movement is ending, but it marks a huge change in the way firms access skills and labour. They’ll need proper time to adapt to a new system.
“The announcement that Free Movement will end immediately in a ‘no deal’ has left employers and their employees asking fundamental questions about what this means for them. They urgently need this clarified.”