- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu
The price of strawberries and other British summer fruit will "soar" if Brexit negotiations fail to allow for seasonal labourers from Europe to cultivate and harvest the crops, according to a report.
Prices for strawberries and raspberries will rise by 35% to 50% if Brexit restricts access to EU labour, the report by farm business consultants Andersons for industry body British Summer Fruits predicts.
The predictions will affect the eastern region which sees a large portion of fruit crops being grown.
Wilkin & Sons in Tiptree in Essex grows 200 acres of fruit and strawberry picking season is in full swing. The business is dependent on seasonal workers from Europe and this year they have 20% fewer workers than they'd like.
It also foresees a slump in Government revenue from income tax, corporation tax and National Insurance, falling soft fruit consumption, less soft fruit being grown in the UK and growers going out of business.
The report concludes the UK would experience significantly reduced food self-sufficiency and a negative shift on the UK's balance of payments as a result of increased imports if growers could no longer employ seasonal workers from the EU.
Kemp Herbs and Salads based near Thetford in Norfolk say 100% of its seasonal staff are from the EU.
The company says they've only employed six people from the local area in 26 years of business.