The Government has been urged to ensure that its “settled status” immigration policy has simplicity at its heart.

The Government is set to publish a statement of intent today on its approach to the estimated 3.4 million EU citizens in the UK, if they want to stay in the country after Brexit.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The hospitality sector employs over 10% of the total number of EU workers currently living in the UK. They are a vital part of the labour market for the vast majority of employers in the sector, offering skills that enhance individual businesses and provide a great customer experience across a huge diversity of businesses.

“Any new registration system must have simplicity at its heart. The process to secure settled status needs to be straightforward, and the mechanism for businesses to ensure that employees are legally permitted to work as streamlined as possible. Any unnecessary bureaucracy will lead to increased stress on existing staff, a slowdown in business growth and investment and rising costs for customers.

“Businesses across the country are already facing a severe shortage of workers so it’s imperative that this system and future post-Brexit immigration policy works for the hospitality sector to supplement the millions of UK nationals that it employs.”