Key voices in the UK pub sector, including Kris Gumbrell, executive chairman of Brewhouse & Kitchen, are confident that the pub industry will weather Brexit.
After meeting with Brexit ministers twice a month, Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), believes the government is keen to avoid fall in pub employment post-Brexit.
Nicholls said: “We are seeing quite a significant shift and a government appetite for finding a solution so there is going to be no cliff edge and there is going to be a right to remain – irrespective of whether you have applied for your residency. Anybody who is currently allowed to live in this country and work will have a right to remain at the point Article 50 is triggered.”
Nicholls added that the reason for this is that it will likely take two to five years to replace migrant workers in the sector once the UK formally leaves the EU.
Kris Gumbrell, executive chairman of Brewhouse & Kitchen, voiced his confidence in the pub industry regardless of the challenges Brexit presents to the trade.
He said: “There’s no doubt about it. We won’t collapse – we never do. I’ve heard it said that we as an industry are selfhealing. Brexit is going to be tricky, but hopefully common sense will prevail [in government].”