Agri-food industry unites to press for Single Market and labour access

In a letter to the Prime Minister coordinated by the UK's farming unions, 75 food and farming organisations say the UK should have tariff-free access to the Single Market and continued access to migrant labour in order to flourish post-Brexit.

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Described as the largest ever coalition of UK food producers, the letter's signatories say that food security, food safety and hygiene, stewardship of the countryside and affordable food is at risk if Ministers fail to deliver continued access to labour and the best possible Single Market access.

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: "Brexit creates an enormous opportunity for farming, food production and for Britain. But to deliver this new future, we must secure the best possible access to the Single Market and continued access to a competent and reliable workforce. Getting this right will set the foundations for a successful new British agricultural policy."

Signatories from the horticulture sector included Berry Gardens, BerryWorld, Branston Holdings, Cobrey Farms, Fresca Group, G’s Growers, Hillier Nurseries, MH Poskitt, Monaghan Mushrooms, Neame Lea Nursery, Poupart Produce, Produce World Group, Puffin Produce, Valefresco and Withers Farm.


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