Mark calls on Government to discuss with NFU supply of agricultural workers during the implementation period

1st October 2018

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will hold discussions with the National Farmers' Union on the supply of agricultural workers during the implementation period.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Exiting the European Union: During the implementation period, the UK will remain a signatory of the EU Treaties and the rights and obligations contained in them, including with respect to the movement of agricultural workers. Our domestic implementation of EU law remains in place.

On Thursday 6th September, the Home Office and Defra announced a nationwide pilot scheme to bring migrant workers to UK farms. More information is available at We will continue to engage with stakeholders, including the National Farmers' Union, during this pilot and as we seek reciprocal mobility arrangements with the EU.