UK prime minister Theresa May has scrapped a £65 (€73.72) fee EU citizens were going to have to pay to secure “settled status” in the UK after Brexit.
The move means that it won’t cost EU workers more money to secure the right to continue living in the country after it leaves the European Union.
Under the original proposals, not only would adults be charged £65 per person, but they would have to foot the bill for another £32.50 (€36.86) for each dependent, amounting to £195 (€221.17) for a family of four.
The news is likely to come as a relief to the hospitality sector. Industry body UKHospitality had already called for the fee to be waived and several employers had already pledged to pick up the tab for their workers in order to keep them in the country, including Brasserie Bar Co and Oakman Inns and Restaurants.
Brasserie Bar Co, co-founded by Raymond Blanc, had announced that it would pay the £65 fee for each of its 591 non-British EU employees across its 36 restaurants. If it were to pay for each of those workers on their own, the move would have cost the business over £38,000 (€43,100).