WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR US?

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL SU­GAR­MAN

THE LIKELY im­pact of Brexit on the Jewish com­mu­nity was be­ing as­sessed this week, with the cost of kosher food high on the agenda.

Con­cern has been ex­pressed that kosher meat im­ported from EU coun­tries such as Ire­land and Poland could be more ex­pen­sive if Theresa May fails to ne­go­ti­ate a tar­iff-free trade agree­ment with Brus­sels.

Chicken feed, which is largely im­ported from the EU and has risen in price since the pound’s re­cent slump, has al­ready led to more ex­pen­sive chick­ens from at least one provider.

But Jackie Lipow­icz, chair­man of the Li­censed Kosher Meat Traders As­so­ci­a­tion, be­lieved Brexit may ben­e­fit the trade. “We’ll do an agree­ment with Aus­tralia and New Zealand as we used to have,” he said. “If they ex­port their beef and lamb to Eng­land, that will re­lieve the pres­sure on us.”

On kosher meat pro­duc­tion, the gov­ern­ment said it did not ex­pect Brexit to af­fect she­chita in the UK. A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, said there was “a man­i­festo com­mit­ment to pro­tect meth­ods of re­li­gious slaugh­ter”.

Mean­while, a Jewish care home group called on the gov­ern­ment to take the lead in min­imis­ing the im­pact of Brexit on the sec­tor.

Ber­nadette Thomas, direc­tor of hu­man re­sources at Nightin­gale Ham­mer­son, said it was un­cer­tain how leav­ing Europe would af­fect the sup­ply of EU na­tion­als work­ing as care work­ers.

She added: “We look with in­ter­est to the gov­ern­ment to take a lead role in se­cur­ing pub­lic sec­tor fund­ing and set­ting so­cial care high on the agenda to help char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions such as ours con­tinue to pro­vide qual­ity care.”

What­ever the im­pact, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of UK Jews ap­pear to be pre­par­ing for a pos­si­ble Brex­o­dus of their own.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship from the UK’s Jewish com­mu­nity have soared by 400 per cent. Be­fore the ref­er­en­dum there had been around 25 ap­pli­ca­tions a year; since June last year there have been around 1,000.

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