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‘If we do not have the pickers, we do not have the industry': rural UK under a Brexit shadow

Keith Halfacree Orcid Logo

International Labour Migration to Europe’s Rural Regions, Pages: 193 - 208

Swansea University Author: Keith Halfacree Orcid Logo

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A 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom narrowly voted for the country to leave the European Union, a decision labelled Brexit. This chapter explores some potential consequences of Brexit for the rural UK and its people under four headings. First, from an economic angle, withdrawal from the Common A...

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Published in: International Labour Migration to Europe’s Rural Regions
ISBN: 9780367900717 9781003022367
Published: London Routledge 2020
Online Access: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003022367-14/pickers-industry-keith-halfacree
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58012
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Abstract: A 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom narrowly voted for the country to leave the European Union, a decision labelled Brexit. This chapter explores some potential consequences of Brexit for the rural UK and its people under four headings. First, from an economic angle, withdrawal from the Common Agricultural Policy and other EU support for rural businesses is evaluated. Second, Brexit’s likely reduction in numbers of EU-originating international labour migrants, both seasonal and longer-term, is discussed and shown as already having impacts, especially noted for certain types of agriculture work. Third, and thinking to the future, attention focuses on how international labour migrants’ everyday lives within the rural may change with Brexit, especially in terms of settlement in place. Fourth, and drawing previous analysis together, it is proposed that a ‘revanchist rural’ expression has grown in the UK with Brexit. This further challenges the status of and ambition for the UK countryside to be a diverse, welcoming and modern space, not least for labour migrants.
Item Description: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/oa-edit/10.4324/9781003022367-14/pickers-industry-keith-halfacree
Keywords: Brexit, EU, Labour migration. Post-productivist countryside, Rural space, UK
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Start Page: 193
End Page: 208