Ali Capper, NFU horticulture board chairman, recently warned at a Fruit Focus event in East Malling, Kent, that crops could be left unharvested without access to labour post-Brexit. Capper said that the decision to leave the European Union placed huge uncertainty over whether the industry would be able to access non-UK workers for picking, grading and packing crops. “Post-Brexit there is the likelihood that there will be a more restrictive immigration process in place. Effectively this could end the free movement of labour from the European Economic Area,” she said. She urged government to work closely with the NFU, and its members, to solve a potential labour problem that could result in unharvested crops and swathes of horticultural businesses closing down for good. Capper also told growers that she had written to Brexit minister David Davis, asking him to meet with members as soon as possible to discuss how horticulture, and other farming sectors, was reliant on labour.