The UK ‘Brexit’ vote has caused workers to express their worries over a “difficult” future for Bournemouth’s Christmas Market.
The annual Market opened in Bournemouth Square on 17th November and is running until 31st December.
It is inspired by traditional German Markets, and features stalls such as an Alpine Chalet Bar and a German BBQ Bratwurst House.
But there are underlying concerns regarding the future of the Market should parliament trigger Article 50 to leave the EU.
I think that it could be difficult for me to come back to Bournemouth in the future.”
A stall merchant from Belgium, Alberto Gualapuro, 40, said: “I’ve been doing my job here for 25 years, but with the pound decreasing I think I’m going back to Belgium, it’s small businesses like mine that are going to be affected.”
Alberto also said: “I can see quite a few people at this Market leaving.”
These concerns were met by Polish stall merchant, Marta Kuś, 36, who said: “I think that it could be difficult for me to come back to Bournemouth in the future.”
However, not all workers believe that ‘Brexit’ will affect them. Sari Gueron, an Israeli merchant who has been trading in Bournemouth for seven years, said that she does not see the ‘Brexit’ vote as being a future “issue.”
A spokesperson for ‘S&D Leisure’, who organise the Market, said: “We could have issues in the future. So many people that work here are foreign. We hope to still go ahead, but the number of foreign workers will decrease and be problematic.”
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