Net migration from the European Union to the UK has fallen to the lowest level in six years, according to the Office for National Statistics, which said that entries from the EU had dropped by 60%, from 248,000 in 2017 to 74,000 this year, the lowest numbers since 2012.

The date does not provide a clear picture as to whether that is the result of a negative atmosphere on continental Europeans ahead of next year’s withdrawal of the UK leaving the EU or the drop in the value of the pound.

Overall migration, despite the drop in the value of the pound, has remained steady as the number of arrivals from non-EU countries is currently at their highest level since 2004, with 248,000 more foreign nationals arriving than leaving.

Many sectors in the UK are reporting a recruitment crisis, including education, health services, construction, and agriculture.

Net migration formula used by the statistical service is the sum of those who leave, minus those who arrive.