Jo Faragher from Personnel Today noted business leader’s comments.

Speaking to Migrate’s MD Jonathan Beech, she asked what does the extra six months given to government to negotiate a Brexit deal mean for employers?

“Any staff who would need to acquire settled status should still apply under the EU Settlement Scheme (or for permanent residency) as normal.

Under the current guidance, this suggests they will still be able to apply for a permanent residence document up to 31 December 2020.

However the extension should not be used as an excuse to put things off.

“Employers must avoid complacency and identify and forecast vacancies well in advance. While this could still be seen as yet another stay of execution for EU citizens, Theresa May wants to finalise a deal well before 31st October.”