Cambridge frets over Brexit as city thrives on migrant staff

Leaders of industry, education and public services all report fear among many EU employees over their status after Britain’s referendum vote

Business, academic and civic leaders in Cambridge have warned that one of Britain’s major economic growth cities is under threat unless the government acts quickly to restore trust post-Brexit.

Company executives and educationalists report some highly skilled foreign nationals quitting or refusing to commit to new jobs in Britain because of uncertainty over their future legal status here. It has in the past boasted of creating employment faster than China, amid a boom in the technology and bioscience sectors, which led to the city being labelled “Silicon fen”, but now there are fears of a big slowdown.

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