Sunday, February 5

A turbulent year ended for the British economy, hard hit by Brexit and COVID

This family of fishermen was one of the first to face the reality of Brexit. They fought against the unknown. So far they had not had to export their perishable products with so much effort.

Dave Driver is a fisherman and points out: “They kept repeating it, that the fishermen were going to have a better life, that they were going to have more fish, that they were going to be able to fish in more waters, so that … I think it made a lot of people vote, to go out with the Brexit, and it didn’t work right? “

In one of the cheese shops they no longer deal with European customers. A quarter of his business disappeared in the 2021

Simon Spurrell of Hartington Creamery, notes: _ “We were promised that there would be a frictionless deal, that the trade would continue exactly as before, but it was all a complete and utter lie, in fact, what we are seeing is the opposite” _

But they are perhaps the ones who trusted that there would be freedom of movement those who have suffered the most

Daffodil farmer Kevin Haynes highlights: “The biggest problem is in the staff, we would have had 100 or 150 people picking up, but now there are only 25”.

A plantation stopped producing about a million tons of zucchini. They have had to reduce the size of their farm so that there is no surplus to rot due to lack of labor.

Julian Marks, CEO of Barfoots de Botley, believes that: “The restriction on free movement has had a devastating impact, not only in horticulture or agriculture, but in almost all sectors. Since there were outsiders working in them for years they had to go to their country” .

For the farmers in the pig sector, production has been delayed due to massive butcher shortages

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Sophie Hope, is a livestock farmer in this sector and indicates: “It has been a struggle, I am not going to lie … it has caused me some sleepless nights and days full of anxiety. There is an accumulation of pigs on the farm and there is no place to put them.”

And for hospitality and tourism, a sector that until now has had full-time European staff, the last 12 months have been difficult from start to finish.

In the five-star hotel next to Buckingham Palace. New diners have recently been turned away due to staff shortages

Malcolm Hendry from The Rubens At the Palace Hotel says: “Let’s not think that this is going to disappear next month or in a couple of months. The fact that we cannot hire other Europeans, when we are used to doing it for many years, is really a challenge.”

The problem persists and generally affects restaurants and bars across the country. Also to Asma Khan’s restaurant. “For us it has been very traumatic due to the absolute shortage of personnel. The delivery process has been really difficult, there is no guarantee that anything will arrive”, Khan points out.

The Government pointed out that the transition would not be easy, but that over time, the benefits of Brexit in the end would be noticed by all

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