“Understandably, there is considerable interest around the future of migration in the UK. As the government begins to draw up its own plans, we will ensure that the views and needs of businesses are understood loud and clear.
“It is essential that British businesses that require highly skilled workers are able to meet their recruitment needs. Firms should be able to employ the best possible talent to ensure the UK remains competitive.
“The stakes for the UK economy are very high. If restrictions on the entry of highly skilled non-EU migrants are too strict, there could be damage to the economy and to future economic growth. It is absolutely essential to get the balance right.”