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With the highest leave vote in the country, this is Britain’s Brexit capital.

“Broccoli, broccoli, free for a pal.”

And the people of Boston know why.

“Immigration.”

“Immigration.”

“Immigration, definitely.”

“Immigration.”

“For immigration.”

Those views are hardly a surprise on last count -- 13% of people living in this town are from abroad. Last year, more foreigners came here than left. And in some businesses 95% of the work force are Europeans. But when some people tell me this town has become unrecognizable, many of these migrants are now vital parts of our communities. They work in NHS, in our shops, in our fields. So what happens if they leave?

“Well, this is the European…European market shop center.”

Here in West Street the mixed culture is playing to see. But Ziedonis Barbaks, a Latvian community leader says since Brexit many EU residents are thinking of moving out of the UK.

“There are roughly about 20 % European people are living and working in Boston area. And they have the shops as we all like in the West Street and have more than ten shops. That means if people leave, then their shops, one by one will be closed down as well.”

The NHS is one of the areas which could be seriously impacted when the EU migrants leave. 339 work for the trust of runs Boston’s hospital while 25 European doctors are being brought over to make up for lack of local GPs. You see this county like much of the UK is frequently faced with staff shortages. Union say it needs 300 nurses and midwives alone and EU workers are indispensable.

“Well reality, it is 33,000 EU nurses are currently working cross the NHS in the UK. There are 330 who ought work in this organization. I don’t think that any organization could sustain such a large loss in one hit and cope with it, so I don’t think they would cope with X these news.”

But as in the fields surrounding Boston and cross Lincolnshire you see the real impact of EU migrants, whereas a few hundred employed in the hospitals is estimated 20,000-30,000 work in agriculture. Sue Lamb has been selling flowers for more than 30 years. All but two of her staff are European. She said she can’t rely on British labor.

“So basically they just don’t want to. We’ve lost the work ethic of people wanting this sort of work.”

“What would happen then if your EU workers have decided to leave because of the Brexit ore have to go?”

“We would finish virtually over night as would many other industries in this area.”

But back in town many take a different view and see Brexit as an opportunity for locals.

“Basically, the British system would be there. This would entail more businesses, recruiting from locals.”

“Why aren't British people who are currently unemployed then do their jobs?”

“They could be lazy. That’s the playing X at home. And because I think all the people here would X.”

“So why would that change?”

“No reason. It would change because the job would be vacant .and they would have no excuse.”

It may have had the highest leave vote but in reality, it will be several years until we know the true impact of that decision. Who would take care of the shops that the Europeans go? Who will fill in their jobs? Whatever happens, it’s highly likely that communities like this one which have been so transformed by a closest tie to Europe will also be the most changed when that’s settled.

Shiwan Owens, Sky News, in Boston.
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