Food, agriculture sector fear labor shortage post-Brexit
Food manufacturers and farming industry stakeholders are now asking assurance from the government that there will be no shortage of labor force coming from neighboring countries in Europe after the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
Over 100 organizations signed a manifesto sent the Parliament, urging the lawmakers to issue a white paper that would smooth entry of workers through a comprehensive immigration plan.
Affected sectors said that uncertainties in the labor force would greatly affect the industry, noting that a vital number of their workforce are coming from the EU on a seasonal basis.
Besides labor shortage, UK food and farm industries are also calling for “frictionless” trade with other European countries, developing independent agriculture policy and ensuring proportionate and efficient regulatory system.
In response to the manifesto, the UK government said that the affected industries could continue recruiting employees from EU until end of 2020.
It said that it will be enough time to fill up vacancies in factories and farms, adding that those who will be hired will have the option to stay in the country.