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Gove may resurrect SAWS scheme

Defra secretary Michael Gove has said that when the UK leaves the EU, there may be a case for reintroducing the scheme that allowed migrant workers to come to the UK temporarily to work in the food sector.

Addressing a 'Brexit Breakfast' hosted by the Countryside Alliance at the Conservative Party conference, Gove said, 'I think there might well be a case for looking at a Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme [SAWS] that allows people - whether they are from EU nations or indeed beyond - to come here for a limited period in order to augment the existing workforce.'
 
The SAWS scheme was scrapped by the Conservative Government in 2013. Read more on this story here.
 
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Published 13 Oct 2017

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