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26/02/2021

Brexit challenges could lead to massive job loss in the UK meat industry

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The export of meat to the European Union will face a downfall after the recent Brexit-trading deal. The BMPA (British Meat Processors Association) has claimed that the country’s meat industry will have to find out how to deal with the sudden changes in business regulations.

The trade restrictions are so strict in the UK that businesses are now establishing new EU infrastructure after the Brexit deal. This will help by adding more jobs from the EU and not from the UK, the BMPA said.

The BMPA declared, “The new border and customs regime has all but halted small, mixed, just-in-time deliveries of British pork chops, sausages, and other meat products to supermarkets and customers in the EU and Northern Ireland.”

The post-Brexit guidelines on export have triggered a shortfall of supply. A BBC report confirmed that UK supermarkets located in the EU region face a shortage of supplies when it comes to meat.

Nick Allen, CEO of BMPA, said that “The latest system is taking an average of 30 hours more than before. It is not feasible for a single lorry to carry goods from different businesses from the UK to the EU.” Allen also added “Due to the excruciating problems, UK firms are considering relocating to the EU. This will help to bypass challenges and delays. However, it is expected to hit the live-stock job market very soon, and British farmers will be compelled to increase their prices”.

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