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The government must act quickly to "allay the concerns" of workers following the vote to leave the European Union, the CBI and TUC have said in a joint statement.

The business lobby group and trade union teamed up to ensure any fears EU nationals working in the UK, and UK nationals working in the EU may have to rest.

In the joint statement, CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn and TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady, said: "Following last week’s vote, it is essential that the Government does everything possible to secure jobs and investment, and to reassure workers worried about the potential implications for employment and social protections, as well as the impact on their working lives.

"This is not a job for the Government alone. It will require a national effort from businesses large and small, trade unions, the Westminster government and devolved nations, and a wide range of stakeholders at local and national level.

"As a matter of urgency, Government needs to act to allay the concerns of EU nationals living and working in the UK, and UK citizens living and working in the EU.

"It’s clear that the overwhelming majority of the UK public – whether they voted to leave or remain ­- would be appalled by the reported upsurge in racially motivated incidents and hate crimes we have seen over the past few days. We urge employers, unions and others to do all they can to bring together our communities in what are uncertain times, making our workplaces a beacon of inclusion and tolerance."