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Who’ll pick carrots if Brexit stops migration?

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>> It's pumpkin planting season here in East Yorkshire. This group are from Poland, part of a workforce of over 200 from across Eastern Europe that are planting, picking, and packaging. They have an automatic right to work here, but what happens to them if Britain votes next month to leave the European Union is a big unknown.
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>> Many British businesses, from this one hiring farm workers right through to hospitality. Rely staff paid not much more than minimum wage from elsewhere in the European Union. The head of the farm says he wouldn't be able to run his operation here without foreign workers. Guy Paulsketi's in charge of the farm says it's simple.
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Most Brits don't want to pack and pick.>> My biggest worry about Brexit in terms of work force is access to labor. Without the labor I can't do the job I need to do.>> Official figures released on Thursday show a record 184,000 people moved to Britain from the EU last year.
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Over a million have settled over the past decade. For those in the leave camp, opposition to further migration is one of the main factors driving support for a Brexit, which is worrying workers at the farm.>> If England will leave EU, that probably will shut the gates for Eastern Europeans.
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So of course it is a worry.>> Every be probably talking that immigrants are peoples who comes over, takes their jobs. But they should have asked what they done for to find the job and who they are going to blame after when, if we leave.>> Divisions are being drawn over the migration issue.
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If Britain does vote to leave, its politicians will face a tough choice. Either to disappoint those hoping for a sharp curb to migration, or force many business to rethink how they operate.