As Brexit deters migrants from taking up picking jobs, fruit and vegetables are being left to rot in the UK. Farmers say that restrictions to freedom of movement have had a "devastating" impact.
Barfoots of Botley, a farming company based on England's south coast near Bognor Regis, said 750,000 courgettes were being left to rot. They say that's because they can’t get the staff and if the situation continues. it will force them to make difficult decisions about their future.
“Restricting free movement has had a devastating impact," managing director Julian Marks told euronews.com. "But not just on agriculture and horticulture – on pretty much every sector where people from abroad have been working in those sectors for years and now. They’re going home."
Marks said as a consequence the firm is struggling to fulfil the demands of the supermarkets. He thinks it's inevitable either shelves will be left empty or the likes of Sainsbury's and Tesco will turn to EU imports to fill the gaps.
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