Brexit and Food & Agriculture: Prospect’s position

Key issues

  • The threat to movement of specialist staff, especially in an industry with high dependence on international expertise
  • Complex interdependence of regulation, enforcement, and trade negotiations – which will increase the demands on an already strained workforce as Brexit introduces new requirements
  • Risks to cross-border responses to pollution and disease
  • Potential erosion of public health, environmental and animal welfare standards

What we are doing

  • Campaigning for a future immigration system that works for members, their families and their industries
  • Campaigning for protection for EU Nationals rights to remain and work in the UK, including the UK civil service
  • We are focussed on the underpinning of gold-standard regulation, with no policy vacuums
  • We are strongly recommending commitment to full participation in international environmental protection networks

Reasons to join Prospect

  • Prospect is the leading union for environmental specialists, scientists and technicians.
  • We represent regulators and inspectors in all aspects of health, safety and environment.
  • Our campaigning and lobbying reflects our members’ deep expertise and experience, giving us credibility and influence
  • Our collective voice is free of the restrictions that apply to individual employees, including those in the public services.
  • We are politically independent, giving us the freedom to speak in our members’ interest without fear or favour.

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