The UK agriculture sector is likely to be one most affected by Brexit.
The agricultural sector heavily relies on subsidiaries and on trade relations within the EU. It is also highly dependent on seasonal and permanent, skilled and unskilled, workers from the EU which secures its success.
Brexit will affect labor in the UK, meaning the steady flow of workers required for the agriculture sector is likely to decline. It might also mean farming and agricultural subsidiaries are effected or completely stopped. Should this happen, many business will either not survive or struggle to make essential business improvements. At Timmins Engineering, we find a lot of projects which come our way is to expand our clients capacity or upgrade their current facilities. Majority of this is paid for via subsidiaries, the decline in this available funding could have dramatic effects for many sectors which work in partnership with the farming and agricultural sector.
Part of the problems which we would face from Brexit, centre on the UK’s lack of self-sufficiency in food – it does not produce enough for its own population and relies on imports to satisfy consumer needs.
“Although the government’s intention is to agree a comprehensive free trade agreement and customs agreement with the EU, there is no guarantee this will occur,”
The main challenges surrounding the Brexit changes which will need to be addressed are:
- providing regulatory stability and clarity,
- addressing the future of funding for the agricultural sector,
- ensuring access to labour.
EU agricultural regulation is underpinned by European institutions that monitor and enforce much of the legislative framework and international commitments. Brexit will, therefore, require for these regulation roles to be carried out by independent domestic bodies, or negotiate enduring relationships with the EU agencies and entities to ensure high standards of safety and quality after Brexit.
Whatever the outcome from the Brexit negotiations, we certainly feel we are in for a few surprises.
We can only hope that this valuable sector or UK trade is protected and can continue to thrive.