Frustrated executives of seafood production companies have been hit with major staff shortages due to Brexit red tape. Because of new immigration rules, many factories and companies have been unable to hire from the EU, leaving some of them with up to half of their workforce missing.
Many are not even receiving applications as potential workers will not be allowed into the UK.
One boss blasted the “ridiculous” measures, blocking them from getting on with business whilst another is begging politicians to make an exemption for the fishing industry.
Scot Burgess, factory manager at Whitelink Seafoods in Scotland was asked by Channel 4 News what he thought was responsible for the shortage.
He replied: “Predominantly Brexit. The free movement has now been taken away, so for us, that’s a big issue.
“Even if we were to employ every British national that was available to work in the labour industry, it wouldn’t be enough. They need to allow us to take workers in without all the ridiculous red tape.
Brexit-voting Jimmy Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Seafood Association, met with Boris Johnson earlier this month to ask for an exemption from the post-Brexit immigration limits.
He said: “The new rules have made it really really difficult to take in migrant workers.
“This can lead to shortages of what we can expect on supermarket shelves. This is August. We are going towards Christmas.
arlier this summer, supermarket shelves were left empty of common items such as water after Brexit rules meant a shortage in lorry drivers.
Many supermarket chiefs have also urged the Government to relax the rules too after surveys showed the UK supply chain is suffering the biggest set back since the 70s.