Migrant workers are “crucial”
The CLA has repeated warnings that a reduced migrant workforce caused by Brexit would have devastating consequences for the rural economy.
In a submission to the Migration Advisory Committee consultation, CLA senior economist Dr Charles Trotman said: “Workers from the EU and beyond play a crucial role in the rural economy. In agriculture alone more than 30,000 permanent workers and an estimated 80,000 seasonal workers help to keep our shops and market stalls stocked with UK produce.
“But the sector is already struggling to meet labour needs. A survey of CLA members showed that restricting access to migrant workers would negatively impact the profitability, efficiency and viability of more than three-quarters of rural businesses.”