While the unprecedented irreversible fate stares in the face of the UK after its citizens voted to leave the European Union, experts feel that Brexit could make lives difficult for Indian IT professionals.
A number of IT professionals migrate to the UK for fulfilling their dreams and a significant number of them find themselves moving between the UK and EU for work-related projects. Experts feel that the mobility of such workers will reduce once the exit is formal and that UK will push for restrictions on their migration to secure more jobs for Britons.
One of the things that drove people to vote to exit was to thwart immigration and free movement of workers, targeting in this case the migrants from the Eastern Europe and not Indian IT professionals as such, notes Akshay Chudasama, managing partner-Mumbai region in law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.
“But Indian IT professionals could move across the EU from one state to the other without restrictions. Breaking away from the EU will restrict the mobility of labour. The devil is in the details,” he said. There will be clarity on the larger implications on the sector once the exit is formal, he added.
Nishith Desai, founder and managing partner of law firm Nishith Desai Associates feels that UK will go in a protective mode to secure jobs for the Britons and may feel encouraged to bring rules to curb outsourcing.”They could impose additional restrictions and cost on Indian IT professionals going to UK on work. It will not only clamp down on free movement of skilled resources, but will aggravate protectionist fears”, he said.
“My understanding is that once a formal notice is served for the UK to withdraw from the EU, there will be a negotiation process of up to two years, possibly longer, to agree to the exit terms. Until that happens, all EU legislations, including the right to move freely in the EU, will continue to apply”, he said.