Trump’s executive order restricting entry to citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries is not the “right solution” for Britain, an influential business lobby has said.
“It’s a pretty clear indication that the government is not going to make the sort of progress they should have,” said Stephen Jones, head of the Institute for Directors.
In a speech to the CBI’s annual conference, Mr Jones said: “The fact is that it is a real challenge for Britain to be able to attract people from all over the world and that’s a challenge for the UK.”
I don’t know what they’re trying to say about the issue of immigration.
It is a pretty simple question.
It’s not a problem that we should be looking at any further.
“His comments come as the government announced it will introduce an immigration-friendly “Brexit-friendly” scheme for companies that do business in the UK, including British-based airlines and carmakers.
British-based airline BA has said it will be able get up to 30,000 skilled jobs in the new scheme, and will be required to show it has had “proper planning” to bring skilled workers to the UK from other EU countries.
The scheme, which would apply to UK companies with turnover of £250 million or more, is expected to be introduced in the next few months.
It will not be enough to attract skilled workers from elsewhere in the world,” said Mr Jones. “
There is a sense of uncertainty about the impact of the measures and whether they will deliver the sort.
It will not be enough to attract skilled workers from elsewhere in the world,” said Mr Jones.
“What we are saying is that this is the right thing to do.”
“I think that’s not really the right answer,” he added.
While some businesses have already been told that they cannot hire from outside the EU, Mr Trump’s decision is expected at a later date to make it easier for firms to hire from other countries.