How the UK’s food supply is affected by Brexit
A growing number of UK businesses are now facing an unexpected prospect: the prospect of having to lay off staff.
The UK’s restaurant industry is currently suffering from a shortage of fresh produce, according to the National Farmers Union.
The shortage has led to some businesses laying off staff in order to get the products they need.
Some of the problems include:The food industry is already facing a shortage in the country’s produce, with food companies including Sainsbury’s (SBA) having to cut staff to cover the shortfall, while supermarket chains have also faced a shortage.
“We’re seeing a lot of disruption,” said Sarah Green, NFU food policy officer.
“Some of our staff are going to be laid off, some of our chefs are going out of business, some are going on holiday and some of the staff are just going to have to lay-off.”
“We have a lot to do in order for people to get their food back on shelves and that’s what we need to do.”
The Government’s decision to leave the European Union will affect a lot more than just food and we need the Government to respond to the growing pressures that we’re going through.
“Sarah Green, food policy, National Farmers Federation.
The impact of Brexit on food is already being felt on the UK menu.
The Food Standards Agency is warning restaurants that they may be forced to layoff staff in a bid to bring back the standard of food prepared by the industry.”
If the food that you produce for the restaurants is not of the highest standard, they are not going to survive,” said the FSA.”
It will make their profits go down, and that is going to impact their ability to continue to operate.
“Many restaurants are also facing a shortfall in staff, and are being forced to offer staff a “zero-hour” contract.”
What we are seeing is that restaurant staff are increasingly coming forward and saying, ‘I’m going to go home and be a part of a zero-hour contract’,” said Sarah, who is part of the campaign group Food Justice.”
Many are looking to get out and do something else, and this is going on at a time when people are trying to get on with their lives and their families.
“Food Justice’s Sarah Green.
The NFU has warned that if the UK leaves the EU, food shortages will worsen, especially if the trade deals are signed.”
In the UK we have a food supply chain that is already stretched to breaking point, so this will only further impact on that,” Sarah said.”
So many restaurants are facing the prospect that they’re going to find themselves in a situation where they can’t get enough fresh produce.
“Sarah said that the situation could be even worse if the EU’s Customs Union with the United States is not extended, and the UK does not have a trade deal with the EU.”
Food is the backbone of the UK economy and this trade deal is not going anywhere and it’s going to cause serious disruption for many,” she said.
Sarah is part in the campaign against the Brexit, called Food Justice UK.
Food Justice UK is campaigning for a free trade agreement with the European Economic Area (EEA) to be signed into law before Brexit, and for a post-Brexit customs arrangement.
This will be devastating for the UK, which is one of the largest economies in the world and it will hit the British food industry hard,” she added.
Food justice is the campaign for a new free trade deal between the EU and the United Kingdom, which aims to make the UK more competitive.
The group believes that the UK could reap significant benefits from a free-trade deal with its closest trading partner, with an agreement for food that is comparable to the standards of the EU in many areas, such as labelling.
The campaign group is also pushing for a ban on imports of food from the EU to be lifted.”
At this point, it’s clear that the Government wants to leave us with no customs agreement and no free trade with the EEA,” Sarah told Al Jazeera.”
Our concern is that this will lead to an increase in imports, which could result in more food prices going up and higher prices for consumers.
“Sarah is also campaigning for the right to strike a deal with another member of the European Community, Norway.”
With Brexit, the EU is not even negotiating its own trade deals with countries outside the EU,” she told Aljazeera.”
That’s why we need a free and independent trade agreement that can be concluded before Brexit and then the UK can negotiate with the rest of the EEC.