The Brexit “divorce bill” negotiated by the PM is up to £5 billion higher than the UK government expected, according to “definitive” EU calculations. It comes as a shocking video shows fresh vegetables discarded in the field because of Brexit and Covid staff shortages.
The European Union’s consolidated annual accounts puts the final figure owed by Britain at €47.5bn (£40.8bn) – significantly up on the UK’s own estimates during talks. During negotiations the UK government had estimated the cost would be between £35 and £39 billion – as much as £5 billion lower than the more formal figure in the EU accounts.
The first tranche of the payments, totalling €6.8bn (£5.84bn), is due by the end of this year.
As if that wasn’t bad enough Richard Gaisford, Chief Correspondent, Good Morning Britain, tweeted this video and wrote: ‘Watch: Fresh vegetables discarded in the field because of Brexit and Covid staff shortages. This farm in Southern England forced to throw courgettes away this week because it couldn’t get enough staff to sort, pack & ship fresh produce to supermarkets. The storage shed was full.’
He then followed up writing: “The farm says it does give excess produce to charity via FareShare, but needed to take immediate action because of the extreme pressure of current staff shortages. This at a time when actually getting fresh produce to supermarkets is a challenge, because of a lack of HGV drivers.”
Source: London Economic