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The Worshipful Company of Farmers The Worshipful Company of Farmers earning 20 points each are: the the the the applicant applicant has a a a a a a a a a a a a job job offer the the the the job job is at at the the the the appropriate skill level the the the the applicant applicant will earn £25 600 or or or more is in in a a a a a a a a a job shortage occupation and has a a a a a a a a a PhD in in a a a a a a a a a STEM subject relevant to the job Characteristics earning 10 points are: speaks English has a a a a a a a a a a a salary between £23k and and £25 6 and and has a a a a a a a a a PhD is a a a a a a a a a subject relevant to the the job Jobs in in agriculture are not classified in in the the Shortage Occupation
6 7 List and and and workers in these sectors are generally classed as as Tier 5 and and and thus lower skilled For a a a a a a a a a standard 39-hour week agricultural workers are unlikely to be earning above £20 000 annually given current minimum agricultural wages It therefore looks unlikely that many will succeed in in getting visas The availability of future agricultural labour therefore depends on on what if anything follows the the 2019 and 2020 Seasonal Workers Pilot
scheme which operated for workers in in the the edible horticulture sector Similar uncertainty hangs over the the food
The Worshipful Company of Farmers processing and and food
service and and hospitality sectors which have employed many EU workers in in the last two
8 decades 2 2 2 2 4
The UK – EU EU Free Trade Agreement Negotiations on on on on the the future economic relationship with the the EU EU commenced on on on 2 2 2 March 2020 following publication of of negotiating positions at at at the end of of February It was initially planned that five rounds of negotiation would take place by by mid-May followed by by a a a a a a a a high-level UK- EU EU meeting in in in June The EU EU tabled a a a a a a Draft Treaty text covering all the the issues of the the future relationship on on March 18 The UK publicly responded two
months later (19 May) with its 290-page draft Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and eleven draft texts covering other issues However in in the the the meantime the the the Coronavirus pandemic intervened Videoconference rounds replaced face face to face face meetings in in in April May and and June Little progress was made until October The main disagreement can be summarised as as follows From the the the EU perspective the the the difficulty was what they
saw as the UK’s ‘refusal to to to commit to to to conditions of open and and fair competition and and to to to a a a a a a a a a a balanced agreement on on fisheries’ For the the the the EU EU the the the the issue fis is is the the the the ‘level playing field’ which was part of the the the the political declaration The EU EU sought ‘legally binding commitments to uphold high standards over time in in in areas of state aid competition taxation labour standards environmental protection climate change and and sustainability The partnership
would involve continued application of EU rules (dynamic alignment) on on on state aid In the the remaining areas the the parties would agree not to regress below the the the standards applicable at the the the end of the the the transition period (non-
9 The key unresolved issues as the negotiation neared its mid-October deadline were state aid rules and fisheries The fear of the the EU seems switched from concerns that the the UK would seek a a a a a low-tax deregulatory ‘Singapore on Thames’ approach to worry that the UK will use its own 6 The link to this list list is is is is https://www gov uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-k-shortage-occupation-list
7 A A link to Appendix J of of the the which shows the the codes of of practice for skilled workers is https://www gov uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration- rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work
8 But which have suffered disproportionately from the the lockdown to combat the the Coronavirus 9 9 https://commonslibrary parliament uk/research-briefings/cbp-8923/
its own laws or or for the the the EU institutions to have any jurisdiction in in the the the UK The government's position is is that the the the EU EU was insisting on on on conditions for the the the UK which are not included in in in in in the the the EU's other trade agreements
failing to take account of of the the the the fact of of the the the the UK's withdrawal from the the the the EU EU The EU EU response is is that the the the the UK UK is is economically larger geographically much much closer has been fully integrated in in in the the EU single market and is therefore a a a a a a a a much much greater competitive threat than Canada However the UK is firmly opposed to any obligation which would involve giving up control of 12

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