Ann Widdecombe says Brexit can’t be blamed for food shortages
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Britain is currently suffering from a labour shortage in certain industries, including food processing and transportation. This has resulted in shortages of some products, with experts blaming the coronavirus pandemic, furlough scheme and Brexit.
Lord Adonis, who heads the European Movement UK, has called for Britain to re-join the EU.
On Twitter he said: “Food security is the most basic job of government and it has failed – because of Brexit.
“So in a sensible rational world, what should be the policy response?”
The question sparked a panicked response from his followers, one of whom suggested it could lead to revolution.
One replied: “We are four meals away from revolution.”
Another added: “Since we are very far from a rational world, looking for the emergency exit might be a good start?”
A third Twitter user said: “In a sensible, rational world we would open negotiations to join the [European] single market.
“In a sensible, rational world there would be a vote of no confidence in the current government.”
A fourth wrote: “Treat the root cause, not the symptoms.
“Since Britain can no longer screw its Empire to pay its way, it needs to trade as freely and frictionlessly as possible with others.
“By far the most effective way is and will remain EU. The only rational long-term answer then is RejoinEU.”
According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the number of UK workers fell in June by the fastest rate since 1997.
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The Times reports the Government is considering adding truck drivers to the shortage occupation list to deal with a shortfall of around 100,000.
This would make it easier for companies to hire drivers from overseas.
Previously ministers responded by urging companies to hire and train more British staff.
Lord Adonis served as a minister in the Labour Governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
He campaigned against Brexit both before and after the June 2016 referendum.
In March 2021 North East Bylines published an article by Lord Adonis, in which he argued Britain should reapply for EU membership.
He wrote: “Nothing less than rejoining the European Union is either acceptable or practical as our ultimate goal.
“For Britain’s security, prosperity and influence as a nation we must be full participants in the world’s largest free-trade bloc that lies on our doorstep.
“But accomplishing this politically in the current climate must be achieved in stages.
“That is not to be tentative – as anti-Brexit parties and politicians have been over the last year – but to bring as many people as possible with us on this journey.”
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