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Single market membership doubts

PRIME Minister Theresa May has conceded Britain may be forced to leave the single market – a move which industry bosses said would be disastrous for the industry and the wider economy.


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PRIME Minister Theresa May has conceded Britain may be forced to leave the single market – a move which industry bosses said would be disastrous for the industry and the wider economy.

 

During a meeting with NFU president Meurig Raymond in the Prime Minister’s Maidenhead constituency this week, Mrs May heard retaining access to the EU trading bloc was a ‘top priority’ for the union.

 

But, despite having previously distanced herself from comments made by Brexit Secretary David Davis that staying in the single market after the vote to leave the EU would be ‘very improbable’, Mrs May suggested to Mr Raymond that remaining a member of the single market may be ‘difficult’.

 

Richard King, partner and head of business research at Andersons Farm Business Consultants, said leaving the single market could ‘significantly upset our trading on agricultural goods with Europe’.

 

"If Europe puts up tariffs against British goods and we want to keep selling in Europe at the same price, the price we receive would have to drop," he added.

 

Andersons previously warned farmgate lamb prices could fall by up to 17.5 per cent if Britain lost access.

 

But Mr King added any potential negative impact would be dependent upon alternative arrangements which were put in place, and sectors where Britain imported large quantities, such as poultry and pigmeat, could benefit.

 

Nigel Farage has previously supported a removal of the common external tariff, claiming consumers would be able to ‘buy cheaper food’ as a result.

 

New Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

 

During her discussion with Mr Raymond, Mrs May hinted at a possible ‘resurrection’ of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

 

The old SAWS, abolished by the coalition Government in 2013, was a quota-based arrangement allowing farmers to recruit temporary overseas workers to carry out planting and gathering crops and on-farm processing and packing.

 

The creation of a revamped SAWS would allay fears, particularly in the horticulture sector, where limitations on migrant labour could render some businesses untenable.

 

However, processing and dairy industry bosses warned many EU workers were employed in full-time positions and called for assurances overseas workers would still have the right to work in the UK.

 

Earlier this month, EU president Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain could not expect access to the single market if it pushed for a cap on immigration.

 

Wyn Evans, NFU Cymru livestock board chairman, said he had been ‘frightened’ by MPs’ comments on freedom of movement.

 

He said: “This is going to be the big sticking point for many Conservative MPs and some prominent Labour MPs have now turned their back on it.

 

“It could make it difficult to negotiate access. Within Wales where we export sheepmeat, it would have a detrimental effect.”


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