Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of changes to UK immigration policy on the shipbuilding industry who employ non-UK labour on projects relevant to the UK's national security.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

In my role as Shipbuilding Tsar, I am committed to developing this sector and recognise the importance of access to skills.

I am working closely with colleagues across Government to deliver the pipeline of skilled workers that the industry needs to successfully deliver the ships required for our national security and prosperity.

In future, any EU citizen wishing to come to live and work in the UK will need to apply under the UK's future immigration system, which we are now capable of setting in the national interest.

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