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Brexit will have devastating impact on food and drinks processing industry - McAleer

4 July, 2018 - by Declan McAleer

Responding to a report released by The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on ‘Migrant Labour and Trade Enquiry’ Sinn Féin’s agriculture spokesperson Declan McAleer MLA said:

“The report states that in 2017 approximately 40 percent of employees in the food and drinks processing sector were citizens of other EU countries and that does not include Britain or the 26 counties.

“The report shows that an estimated 3.5 percent of Non-EU employees were from other parts of the world and highlights that most of migrant workers in the food and drinks processing industry are process, plant and machine operatives.

“Migrant labour plays a key role in the food and drinks industry here in the north and Brexit potentially could have a devastating impact on this sector.

“Britain's decision on Brexit, against the wishes of the people of the North, has undermined progress and created great doubt and uncertainty for the future. 

“As each day of the Brexit debacle unfolds it is becoming ever clearer that the north must be granted designated special status to remain within the European Union along with the rest of the island if agriculture is to survive and prosper into the future.” 

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