"The Institute of Directors has today urged the Government to prioritize a reciprocal agreement with the EU on movement of people," the organization said in a statement, obtained by Sputnik.
According to the institute, a poll has been carried out among the members of the organization, revealing that over 60 percent of them believe that such preferential treatment would be important for their business after Brexit.
"While the Government may be ending free movement as we know it, a preferential deal with the EU on what replaces it simply must be on the table. The principle of treating all countries equally is laudable, however, in practice, our close geography and interwoven supply chains make continued access to EU talent an urgent matter for British businesses," Director General of the Institute of Directors Stephen Martin said.
"Access to our labor market is no doubt attractive to other countries, and it makes sense that this should factor into negotiations as the UK seeks access to the European market. But the Prime Minister must keep in mind the benefits a deal would bring British firms too," Martin said.
The United Kingdom is currently engaged in challenging talks with the European Union, trying to get a deal that will allow the country to withdraw from the bloc.
However, the European Union has rejected UK Prime Minister Theresa May's most recent Chequers plan, which envisaged the establishment of a UK-EU free trade area based on a "common rulebook" and the refusal to draw a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, threatening the EU single market, according to Brussels.