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Scilly 'likely to be among most affected by Brexit'

The Isles of Scilly has been identified as one of the areas most likely to most likely to feel the impact of Brexit.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the islands have a particularly "heavily reliance" on European Union workers.

The Times reports that the ONS has drawn up an analysis showing which parts of the country could be most affected “because they are home to a concentration of industry or industries which have most at stake when the terms surrounding access to the single market, the free movement of labour, levels of funding and existing EU regulations are discussed”.

Scilly was identified along with London, West Somerset, Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, and South Ribble in Lancashire.

European migrant workers are concentrated in sectors such as hotels, restaurants, construction and public services. The ONS said that local economies in areas reliant on these industries could face staff shortages if EU nationals were to leave en masse.

The Isles of Scilly voted to Remain in last year's EU referendum by 803 votes to 621 (56.4% to 43.6%).

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