A blog about the EU decision; Butter late than never

by Katie O'Cleary

It has now been more than one week since the votes were counted and verified, and the decision has been made for Britain to leave the EU. As a remain campaigner myself, the morning of Friday 24th June came as a shock. My first initial thought; Are EU having a laugh? I doughnut understand why Britain has voted this way.

*Please note (I will try to keep this blog as impartial and none biased as possible however I cannot make any promises.)

I started my career within recruitment about 10 months ago, and if you ask anyone that has just started out in this industry they will always say your first two years are a struggle… and then the government decided to hold a referendum for Britain to leave the EU to give the people of Britain a voice. Therefore the recruitment process has taken a hit and things have been a lot slower than previous years.

With the run up to the big vote, the past couple of months have seen a variety of emotions from excitement to uncertainty across different businesses that do trade throughout the EU. One sector that is close to my heart and one I am keen to discuss further in this blog is the Food Industry. Will the market just keep calm and curry on? Or has this decision had a much bigger impact on the egg market? BREGGSIT.

So I turned to my network to ask for some help. I completely understand that we will still be a member of the EU for the next 2 years, and all EU migrants in the UK will remain and have the same rights as UK citizens. However, what will the short term consequences be?

Speaking with HR Professionals within the food space, they offer a variety of opinions on this matter; one Head of HR at a major food organisation has voiced that we all need to be sensible moving forward and realise that the world will not stop turning because of this vote. It can be said that this is a chance for the UK to flourish and finally be able to trade throughout the EU without any boundaries or rules and regulations in place. On the other hand, you may also argue that the Anti-Brexit campaigners would struggle to negotiate deals without the 27 other countries behind us. I personally camembert to think about the knock on effect this decision will have on the protection of the UK’s products.

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"We could potentially see tariffs as high as 42% for dairy products."

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Looking at different articles published online , the arguments for both sides are pretty clear. Most recently reading the Food Manufacture, they published an article called “Brexit: What it means for food and drink manufacturers” written by Mike Stones. In the article they reference the leading Brexit campaigner ‘Owen Paterson’ and his thoughts on the matter. The article goes on to say that leaving the EU will offer Britain new opportunities, faster wins and we will also benefit from the latest scientific advances. Great news! Lettuce all celebrate about leaving…

However before we all start jumping up and down with joy because of all the excellent reasons a vote to leave has benefitted the food industry, it is known that staying in the EU will make businesses stronger and will give them a better stance on trading in the single market. The vote to leave will cause UK exports to Europe to be more expensive and we could potentially see tariffs as high as 42% for dairy products. According to Sir Stuart Rose; a member of the single market, a vote to remain is a vote for stability in an outward facing, strong country and when Britain do leave this will be put at risk.

I could write for days arguing both sides of the decision that has been made for Britain to leave the EU, but only time will tell what consequences or benefits this may have on the food industry. I remain an optimist on this matter, and even if I did vote to remain; all that matters now is Britain unite together and make positive enforcements for the future of our country. However the EU will always have a pizza my heart.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this blog or this matter please get in touch!

You can find more information on this matter on www.foodmanufacture.co.uk, www.thegrocer.co.uk and www.cipd.co.uk

Images courtesy of creative commons/Wikimedia.

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