Committee’s call for Brexit clarity, possible Welsh Tourism Tax
The ALMR has echoed the sentiments of the Home Affairs Committee’s report on delivery of Brexit and called on the Government to provide more clarity on ongoing and future processes.
The Committee has called for detail on a range of issues including the legal status of EU and EEA citizens in different circumstances. These range from issues pertaining to the length of individuals’ current residence in the UK, to the timing of their registration to remain in the UK, family reunion rights and addressing periods spent outside of the UK.
ALMR Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “The Committee’s report rightly raises a number of questions that must be addressed by the Government. At present, there is still too large a grey area regarding the rights and status of non-UK EU nationals and the detail of the post-Brexit immigration system.
“The Government has made some steps to provide reassurance, but employers and employees still need a great deal more clarity. The Committee has called on the Government to provide more detail and it is vital that we get a positive response, so as to allow businesses and their team members time to plan ahead.”
Kate Nicholls, CEO of the ALMR, the leading voice for the UK’s eating and drinking out sector, comments:
“This is a welcome decision and credit must go to Hospitality Cymru for leading efforts to secure it; although the Welsh Government would show more pragmatism if it abandoned the idea completely. A Tourism Tax would only heap costs on businesses and customers and make tourism in Wales much less attractive and competitive. The ALMR will continue to oppose the tourist tax and I hope that Governments all around the UK will act positively to avoid the introduction of such a flawed and unserviceable measure.”