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Boris Johnson’s endurance on immigration will be put to the test by labour shortages

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I always loved interviewing Stuart Rose. He was great company and if you stayed quiet long enough after asking a question, he’d give you a quote that made his press officers wince.

Unfortunately for the former M&S chief, his honesty caused his downfall in Westminster when – as a Remain supporter during the Referendum campaign – he was asked what effect ending free movement would have on wages.

They’d go up, he said.

With that he was promptly gagged, bound and packed off by furious Europhiles to never be seen again.

His reply looms large as business groups queue up to warn that the post-Brexit cap on low-skilled EU workers is causing acute labour shortages. There’s no one to pick fruit, pack meat, wait tables, wash linen or, of course, drive an HGV.

The CBI worries that Britain’s very economic recovery is at stake.


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