With a lack of foreign labour in Britain’s fields, crops are rotting and thousands of healthy pigs are being culled unnecessarily.
Brexit Chickens Come Home to Roost 07/06/2022
While the picture’s hardly pretty and certainly not what advocates of Brexit envisioned, none of it surprises economists. As a former Bank of England official observed: “You run a trade war against yourself, bad things happen.”
Kent farming giant reports 8% fall in harvest due to lack of seasonal pickers – saying it’s easier to import fruit.
A recent government report warned that labour shortages "caused by Brexit and accentuated by the pandemic" were badly affecting our food and farming sector, with fruit suppliers often forced to leave produce rotting in the fields.
UK faces food shortages as up to 75% of seasonal worker roles unfilled – even Mail admits Brexit a factor 20/05/2022
Before Brexit most of Britain's seasonal crop pickers came over from eastern Europe.
A SEAFOOD firm based on the Isle of Mull has blamed Brexit as it announced it is closing down for good.
Cross-party committee says labour shortages caused primarily by leaving EU will shrink UK food production unless dealt with.
Mass culling of 35,000 pigs and tonnes of crops being left to rot 'caused by Brexit', committee finds 06/04/2022
A lack of food and farm workers “caused by Brexit and accentuated by the pandemic” meant at least 35,000 pigs were culled and tonnes of crops left to rot in the fields last year, a damning report has revealed.
Ministers admitted the industry's "reliance on foreign workers" hadn't been solved after Brexit.
DWP to promote Brexit ‘career opportunities’ in fruit picking to stop food rotting in fields again 29/03/2022
Produce has gone unpicked after EU migrant workers stayed away.
Pig farmers are in a “desperate” position – with culls of thousands of healthy animals and producers quitting the industry, they warned as a summit was held on the crisis.
igration has altered the size and shape of the UK labour market in recent decades, but the move to a more restrictive regime since leaving the European Union won’t drive the ‘high wage‘ economy that the prime minister has claimed it will, according to new Resolution Foundation research published today.
EU countries have, on the whole, absorbed the shock of Brexit. But in Britain, trade is down – and prices are up.
The rising cost of building materials and worker shortages in the construction sector as a result of Brexit are to blame for a lack of progress on London’s affordable housing targets, Sadiq Khan has said.
EUROPEAN workers have not been interested in coming to Jersey since Brexit and additional planned population controls are likely to exacerbate the trend, according to Jersey Farmers’ Union president Peter Le Maistre.
Food processors in NI have been heavily dependent on the flow of workers from the EU, which has ended as a result of the UK's post-Brexit migration rules.
UK immigration curbs on pickers has benefited Irish growers in a seasonal industry.
Government report on post-Brexit recruitment finds staff citing no health and safety equipment, racism and unsafe accommodation.
For years, the town has welcomed thousands of European workers to fill warehouse roles - but that's now changing
With fellow Europeans leaving the UK, and no British workers taking their place, Eleanor Popa’s job harvesting strawberries has gone from tough to tough and lonely. Will the farm survive another year?
Brexit causes ‘severe’ slump in seasonal jobs for young Britons in EU, says travel industry 18/11/2021
Government urged to consider youth mobility visa.
‘I don’t blame customers for getting annoyed’: a coffee house owner on life without EU workers 17/11/2021
Anas Zein Al-Abdeen owns a chain of four Middle Eastern coffee houses around Birmingham. But, the 40-year-old says, while customers are plentiful, staff are another matter.
‘I’ve never known it like this’ – the UK’s struggle to get the Christmas turkey to the table 13/11/2021
Poultry farmers and meat processors have struggled to cope due to Covid- and Brexit-induced staff shortages. But help may soon be at hand.
A THIRD of Scotland’s largest brassica crop has been left to rot in the field because Brexit ended access for seasonal pickers.
As British people walk among empty supermarket shelves, they could be forgiven for being concerned about Christmas. When the government deploys the army and desperately tries to import thousands of foreign temporary workers, the promised post-Brexit “sunlit uplands” seem rather distant. The most acute shortage is that of lorry drivers.