On the morning of June 24, 2016, thousands of European community pharmacists across the UK awoke to a radically altered political landscape. The result of the Brexit referendum meant freedom of movement of EU citizens and their right to live and work in the country would no longer be guaranteed.
European pharmacists say the vote, and the uncertainty that remains just five months from the date the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, is forcing them to question whether they should stay.
What do the numbers say?
There are currently 3,319 EEA pharmacists on the register, making up 6% of the total pharmacist workforce of 55,207. But the current figure marks a 9% drop in the number of European pharmacists from its November 2016 peak of