A \u00a31,000 fee levied on European workers would be a \u201cdevastating blow\u201d for the hospitality industry, the Lake District Hotels Association (LDHA) has said.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe comment was a response to news last week that government ministers were considering such a levy. Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told peers the \u201cimmigration skills levy\u201d could be introduced for EU migrants to help British workers who feel they are \u201coverlooked\u201d.\r\n\r\nHowever, according to the Guardian, the government has distanced itself from the proposal with Theresa May\u2019s spokesman claiming the comments had been \u201cmisinterpreted\u201d. \r\n\r\nTim Rumney, vice-chair of the LDHA, said enforcing the fee would be \u201cnothing short of devastating\u201d for the hospitality industry, which he said contributes around \u00a3143bn to the UK economy and provides an estimated 4.6 million jobs. \r\n\r\n\u201cSeveral of our member hotels employ European workers, many of whom have worked their way up through the ranks to management positions and built careers for themselves here and are now fearing for the future of their jobs,\u201d he said.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are already struggling to fill positions from food and beverage service right up to heads of department because of an absence of good applicants. This policy would pull the rug out from under our ability to employ quality staff from overseas and add even more cost and red tape into our industry.\u201d\r\n\r\nRumney added that he feels the hospitality industry has been \u201cdisportionately affected\u201d by government legislation over the past year, and that hoteliers now need to see some form of \u201cclarity and reassurance\u201d on how Brexit will affect European workers in the UK.