Brexit ‘barista visas’ plan could allow workers two years in UK

New rules are essential as, without a steady stream of migrants, many hospitality businesses could go bust, industry experts say.

The Home Office is looking at plans for “barista visas” to ensure coffee shops and pubs are fully staffed after Brexit.

Young European citizens would be able to come to the UK to work in the hospitality industry for two years under the plans.

But they would not be allowed to claim benefits or free housing when free movement within the EU ends after Britain leaves.

The British Hospitality industry has warned that the shortage of British workers in hotels and restaurants is so severe that many will go bust without a steady stream of migrants.

The proposal is based on the current Youth Mobility Visas for travellers from a handful of countries including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, who are aged between 18 and 30. The youngsters must have no dependants and at least £1,890 in savings.

Other sectors of the economy, including agriculture and the NHS are also heavily dependent on EU citizens and looking for reassurance from ministers about future migration policy.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Leaving the European Union allows Britain to take control of our immigration system.

“We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future system to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people.

“It is logical to consult on proposals to make sure businesses, services and communities can contribute their views.

“However, as we are currently considering the various options as to how EU migration might work once we have left, it would be wrong to set out further positions at this stage.”