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Britain’s food production depends on seasonal migrant labour from the EU. What will happen to those workers after Brexit? And how will it change the industry?

HOPS has been working with growers, co-operatives, technical auditors and major retailers to help produce an essential industry guide.

A collaborative project has enabled the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) to issue an industry guidance document covering caravan accommodation for temporary workers in the UK.

The British government has ruled out a seasonal agricultural workers scheme which helps people from overseas temporarily work on U.K. farms and vitally plug gaps in the fruit picking workforce. 


The government has rejected calls for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) so people from overseas can fill temporary job vacancies on UK farms.

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told MPs that reports of a UK farm labour shortage following last year’s vote to leave the EU were not supported by statistics.

7th March 2017

Open letter to all HOPS grower and worker members.


Since the Brexit vote, there has been some mixed messaging in the press and on social media with regards to freedom of movement and the ability to work in the UK.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee