UK farmer who voted to leave EU realises he faces ruin without migrant workers
A Leave-voting business owner has said he regrets the decision because his fruit farms will collapse if he has no access to EU workers after Brexit.
Harry Hall, of the Hall Hunter Partnership soft fruit company, said he was in favour of Brexit because of the issue of sovereignty but was concerned by the Government's approach to negotiations.
Mr Hall was speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme as industry body British Summer Fruits (BSF) claimed prices for strawberries and raspberries could “soar” by between 35pc and 50pc if Brexit restricted access to EU labour.
He said: “I regret my vote in the face of the Government I'm given.
“The reason I voted to leave was that I'm in favour of sovereignty. This was about sovereignty for me.
“As businessmen we need clarity about our future direction.
“If I don't have my 2,500 staff that I need, or I have no certainty of that from 2019 onwards, I don't have a business. It's as simple as that.”
A worker at Hall Hunter Partnership's Tuesley Farm in Godalming, Surrey, told Today it had had one English applicant in the last several years, but that they quit after one day.