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Brexit bureaucracy is hurting UK supply chain, fishing bosses warn – ‘Ridiculous’ | United Kingdom | New UK News

Frustrated executives at seafood production companies have faced significant staff shortages due to Brexit bureaucracy. Due to the new immigration rules, many factories and companies have been unable to hire in the EU, leaving up to half of their workforce missing for some of them.

Many do not even receive applications, as potential workers will not be allowed to enter the UK.

One boss has lambasted the “ridiculous” measures, preventing them from continuing their business while another pleads with politicians to make an exemption for the fishing industry.

Scot Burgess, manager of the Whitelink Seafoods plant in Scotland, was asked by Channel 4 News about what he believed to be responsible for the shortage.

He replied: “Mainly Brexit. Free movement has now been taken away, so for us that’s a big deal.

“Even if we were to employ all available UK nationals to work in the labor industry, that would not be enough. They must allow us to hire workers without all the ridiculous red tape.

Jimmy Buchan, managing director of the Scottish Seafood Association, voting for Brexit, met Boris Johnson earlier this month to ask for an exemption from post-Brexit immigration limits.

He said: “The new rules have made it very difficult to welcome migrant workers.

“This can lead to shortages of what we can expect on the supermarket shelves. It’s August. We are going towards Christmas.

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earlier this summer, supermarket shelves were empty of everyday items such as water after Brexit rules resulted in a shortage of truck drivers.

Many supermarket heads have also urged the government to relax the rules also after surveys showed Britain’s supply chain was suffering the biggest setback since the 1970s.

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This notice was published: 2021-08-27 03:02:00

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