On a topical note, tennis lovers may find a marked increase in the price of a portion of strawberries at Wimbledon in coming years depending on the permitted movement of EU nationals. The Kent supplier to the tournament is among many growers who fill the seasonal places not wanted by UK workers with casual labour from the EU.
It may or may not say something about the work ethic of different countries but it would appear that there are quite a lot of these places not wanted by UK workers. A recent report commissioned by British Summer Fruits, the industry body, says 95% of seasonal fruit pickers in Britain come from the EU.
by Steve Leeves