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Posted by: Jemma Puzey
09/12/2016

 

UK food prices will rise without EU workers say trade groups. Food prices will increase unless the government ensures EU citizens can work in the UK after Brexit, according to the industry groups representing the major supermarkets and food manufacturers. The open letter to the government published by The Guardian is signed by 30 food and drink industry bodies including major suppliers such as Marmite maker Unilever which recently got pulled from Tesco shelves in a row over increasing prices also Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods, The British Retail Consortium which counts Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons and The National Farmers Union among its members. The letter states that ‘Workers from the European Union, some of whom are already leaving the UK play a significant role in delivering affordable and high-quality food and drink.’ It also states that  they provide an essential reservoir of skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labour. (Source – The Guardian)

Continuing on the topic of food McDonalds are to move its international headquarters from Luxembourg to Britain in a boost to the country’s status as a centre for trading after Brexit. They will take this opportunity to collect royalties from most of its 22,000 restaurants outside of the US, paying UK tax on the profits. Two thirds of McDonalds’ money is made outside of America and under the assumption the company pays top corporation tax this is likely to generate tens of millions pounds a year for the Treasury. The Move seems to have come about because the European commission put pressure on McDonalds to explain its tax arrangements amid claims of their being a sweetened deal between themselves and Luxembourg’s government. However the chain insisted that its reason for the move ‘were sound before Brexit and remain so beyond it – these strengths are unlikely to change as the UK negotiates leaving the European Union. (Source - The Times) 

The historical football abuse scandal said that so far 83 Potential suspects and 98 clubs are involved in the inquiry into child abuse claims in football. These investigations span from ‘premier clubs through to amateur.’ Said the NPCC  (National Police Cheifs Council). Police are continuing to receive calls which are swiftly being acted upon said a spokesperson for the NPCC. From the identified victims 98% were male and the age range from the time of abuse ranges from a shocking 7-20. The 98 clubs referenced are not all necessarily under investigation police have said but three weeks ago ex-Crewe  defender Andy Woodward waived his right to anonymity to say that he had been a victim of sexual abuse as a young footballer. Since his statement 20 former footballers – including ex-youth players, trainees and professionals have come forward with historical allegations of abuse in football. (Source – BBC )

 

 

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