Brexit vote could ruin British vegetables, say leading farmers

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Brexit vote could ruin British vegetables, say leading farmers

British vegetables could soon disappear from supermarket shelves across the country, a leading farmer is warning.

The remarks come from Guy Poskitt, who grows 80,000 tons of vegetables a year in Yorkshire, who says immigration controls in the wake of the Brexit vote could prevent thousands of Eastern Europeans from working in the UK.

In the wake of the EU Referendum in June, the Government says they are are committed to reducing total immigration to the tens of thousands.

This commitment is in stark contrast with recent history, as 2015 saw the number of EU nationals arriving in the UK to work rise by a whopping 180,000.

And Mr Poskitt is claiming the reduction could spark a scarcity of fresh British produce on our supermarket chains, with the farmer criticising the idea of taking migrant workers out of the supply chain.

Mr Poskitt told Sky News that without workers from Eastern Europe the industry would collapse within “five days.”

He said: “My business] would have to close; we could not serve our customers without the availability of migrant workers.”

Mr Poskitt says he pays agencies £9.50 per hour for temporary labourers, and Mark Straw – whose firm Abbey Personnel Services supplies labourers to Yorkshire farms – claims there is no alternative to Eastern European labour.

Mr Straw hires and transports 200 Eastern Europeans to work each day from an office in Selby.

He says locals will not take the jobs on offer in agriculture.

“It’s outdoor, it’s physical, you would say that there are little prospects for advancement,” he explained.

“It’s unskilled labour so [locals] do not want to do that kind of work.”

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Published at Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:07:01 +0000

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