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UK PM urged to ‘stem the haemorrhage’ of foreign fishing workers August 05,2021   |  Source: Shropshire Star

Fishing leaders in the United Kingdom have urged the Prime Minister to “stem the haemorrhage” of foreign workers in the industry following Brexit.

Boris Johnson, along with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Scotland Office minister David Duguid and Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, met with the heads of a number of fishing organisations on Thursday.

Scottish Seafood Association chief executive Jimmy Buchan pressed the Prime Minister on the number of staff lost to the industry as a result of Brexit, which has dramatically reduced the number of seasonal workers in Scotland and had an impact on the seafood sector.

Mr Buchan said: “I sought an assurance that the Government would work closely with us to resolve the critical shortage of labour.

“He agreed that a campaign was required to encourage young people into the industry and on the need for direct action to stem the haemorrhage of overseas workers that has occurred since January 1.”

Mr Buchan was also among the sector leaders to tell the Prime Minister the Brexit deal “had fallen far short of expectations”.

The sector saw delays in exporting goods when red tape imposed by the deal caused tailbacks at Dover.

The deal also allowed EU fishermen into UK waters until 2026.

Elspeth Macdonald,

 

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