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Professional sport gives evidence on movement of people after Brexit

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21 February 2018

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from professional sports bodies on the movement of people in the field of sport post-Brexit.

Background

The evidence session will cover the benefits and drawbacks of the different options for future migration to the UK by EU citizens working in the field of sports. This will include the effects on the numbers of people migrating, the ramifications for employers, and the possible repercussions for UK citizens should they face reciprocal restrictions in EU countries. This will include the effects on the numbers of people migrating, the ramifications for employers, and the possible repercussions for UK citizens should they face reciprocal restrictions in EU countries. Our witnesses will speak on behalf of organisations representing the UK’s professional sportspeople, and have backgrounds in sports including football and rugby union.

Witnesses

Wednesday 21 February, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Mr James Allen, Director of Policy, Governance and External Affairs, Sport and Recreation Alliance
  • Mr Brendon Batson OBE, Chairman, Professional Players Federation
  • Mr Angus Bujalski, Legal and Governance Director, Rugby Football Union

Possible questions

  • What are the key choices relating to UK-EU migration for the Government to consider in advance of phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations?
  • If the immigration system for EU migration were to be merged with the existing regime governing migration from non-EU/EEA countries, could we expect to see increased wages or higher employment levels for British workers and players?
  • What would be the impact on your sector if the system fell back on existing rules for non-EU/EEA nationals?

Further information

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