The main theme of the 2017 Queen’s Speech was Brexit, with eight proposed bills outlining the process of the UK’s departure from Europe.
The bills cover the end of the free movement of EU nationals into the UK, the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act, customs issues, trade, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and international sanctions.
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “it is essential that the immigration system encourages, rather than deters tourism to the UK and allows visa-free access for Europeans”.
There was no specific announcement on business rates reform, leading to calls for reassurances from ministers on a commitment to rates reform in the Budget later this year. There were also concerns around the announcement of an increase to the National Living Wage, which could see many hospitality businesses struggling to afford increases.