Poor working conditions combine with Brexit to cause huge decline in fruit pickers

Brexit has caused a “massive hole” in the numbers of people coming to the UK to pick fruit in the summer months putting growers “on the brink”, it is claimed. The fruits of Brexit Numbers of seasonal workers applying to work at one Kent-based company are down 90% in the last two years and there …
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EU vows to use all available tools to ensure UK honours Brexit agreement

Top European Union officials have vowed to use all available measures to ensure the UK respects the terms of its Brexit agreement with the bloc as tensions rise over trade involving the north of Ireland. Brexit European Council president Charles Michel said: It is paramount to implement what we have decided. This is a question …
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Warning to UK that EU will not hesitate to act if Brexit deal is breached

The European Union’s top official warned that the Brexit trade deal has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to take action if Boris Johnson breaches its terms. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said she hoped the EU would not have to use the measures contained within the agreement. But she noted the …
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More than 200 jobs could be axed at car parts firm ‘due to Brexit and Covid’

More than 200 jobs at a car parts firm in south Wales face being axed partly due to Brexit and coronavirus, the company has said. Tory Britain Kautex Textron, which has a plant in Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly, South Wales, said it was discussing possible staff reductions with its workers as well as the potential …
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UK government tried changing Brexit protocol unilaterally, but the EU isn’t having it

Loyalist paramilitaries have effectively ended the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). They made clear in a 3 March letter that they’ll no longer abide by the GFA while the Irish Protocol remains in place. And on the same day, the UK government reportedly took unilateral action and amended the protocol. In response, the EU has made …
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Exports to EU plunged 41% in January as Brexit transition period ended

Exports of UK goods to the European Union dropped by more than two-fifths in January as the Brexit transition period came to an end. The drop New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that overall exports from the UK fell by £5.6bn – 19.3%. It was driven by a £5.6bn, or 40.7%, …
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Loyalist terrorists are considering ‘direct action’ against politicians if Brexit demands aren’t met

Loyalist paramilitaries have withdrawn support for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) as long as UK and EU stick with an unamended Irish Protocol. But behind this move lies, possibly, an even greater threat to peace on the island of Ireland and potentially beyond. Good Friday Agreement under threat In an earlier article in The Canary by …
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Sturgeon: over-simplistic to argue Brexit benefit for coronavirus vaccines

Nicola Sturgeon has labelled arguments that Brexit has brought a benefit to the UK procuring more coronavirus vaccines as “over-simplistic”. Brexit During an interview on Good Morning Britain, Scotland’s first minister was asked about comments made by SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford last July when she said the UK Government should be working with EU …
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As Brexit reality hits home, it’s starting to expose the DUP in Northern Ireland

When the UK left the EU on 1 January 2021, both parties entered a new trade relationship. This new relationship came about after a protracted and difficult negotiation process that’s been ongoing since 2017. Negotiations began one year after the referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016. This process finally concluded in December amidst …
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A Brexit petition to protect bees just blew up on social media

A petition to do with post-Brexit changes in the UK has blown up on Twitter, and a phrase from it was trending on Sunday 10 January. “Stop the UK” was across people’s timelines. But “stop the UK” from what, you may ask? “Stop the UK” from… trending on Twitter? On 10 January, the phrase “Stop …
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