Select committee says ministers want to rush through deal allowing food imports that fall below UK environmental standards.
Rural voters say they’re being neglected by the government – and farmers are disgruntled too, warning that rising costs could lead to food shortages… and that post-Brexit trade deals will see them losing out to cheap imports.
Sectors from fishing to aviation, farming to science report being bogged down in red tape, struggling to recruit staff and racking up losses for the first time.
With a lack of foreign labour in Britain’s fields, crops are rotting and thousands of healthy pigs are being culled unnecessarily.
British food prices are set to surge 15% this summer and will remain high for at least a year, in a further blow to hard-pressed consumers already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, according to a report released on Thursday.
Cabinet minister in ‘complete denial’ over Brexit harm to Britain’s economy which experts put at £31 billion 13/06/2022
Treasury silent on damage being caused by Brexit to Britain’s economy and Bank of England accused of being reluctant to talk about it.
‘Like turkeys voting for Christmas’: Brexit-voting farmers set to turn their backs on Johnson 13/06/2022
Voters in Tiverton and Honiton go to the polls next week in what could prove to be one of Johnson's biggest upsets yet.
Anger grows before West Country byelection as farmers say they will be left poorer and unable to compete with foreign producers.
I’m a sheep and cattle farmer in Yorkshire – Brexit has left farmers in fear for their futures 09/06/2022
UK farming is facing an uncertain future, with the end of EU subsidies due to Brexit, followed by the impact of covid and lockdown.
Kent farming giant reports 8% fall in harvest due to lack of seasonal pickers – saying it’s easier to import fruit.
It comes as Brexit means fall in crops and fewer British products in supermarkets. / Leaving the EU has led to a decline in crops and fewer home-grown products on the shelves of Britain’s supermarkets, farming chiefs have warned, reports The Independent.
A farmer says the lack of border checks on meat coming into the UK is deeply worrying, as it could be putting the country at risk of diseases like foot and mouth.
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.
Skills shortages and rising costs leave pig industry facing 'worst crisis in decades' [5 mins] 26/04/2022
Pig farmers are warning of a crisis that threatens a mass exodus from an industry facing a skills shortage as well as huge increases in costs of feed and energy.
Mr Raymond was responding to claims published by economist Patrick Minford, who predicted a benefit to the country of £135bn from a “hard Brexit” that eliminated tariffs, and a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs recommending a policy of unilateral free trade once the UK leaves the EU.
‘This flies in the face of common sense and the government’s commitment to high levels of animal and human health,’ say experts.
A pig farmer who has been losing around £5,000 a week since Christmas has called for more government support for the industry.
Several hundred tonnes of beetroot have been left to rot on Will Woodhall's farm in central England due to Brexit.
A survey conducted by Virgin Money highlights the resilience of the agricultural industry through the Covid pandemic, but also indicates Brexit is still a big concern for business owners.
'Brexit red tape' leaves Staffordshire farmer with 500 tonnes of beetroot and £90,000 loss 11/04/2022
A farmer has told ITV News Central 500 tonnes of beetroot has been left to rot because his usual European customers are looking elsewhere.
Five hundred tonnes of beetroot is being left to rot due to a collapse in demand, caused by Brexit, a farmer says.
A new survey has highlighted the resilience of the farming industry through the pandemic, but indicates that Brexit is still a big concern for farmers.
Increased costs and administrative hurdles are stifling the movement of horses and livestock in what were once thriving industries.
Labour shortages caused by Brexit and accentuated by the COVID pandemic have badly affected businesses across the food and farming sector and could cause ‘permanent’ damage, UK lawmakers stated in a report published on Wednesday (6 April).