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Britain officially departed the European Union on January 1 last year. While teething issues since the deal exist, one Brexiteer believes rising wages are a meaningful positive. Robert Kimbell, chairman of the Time Party, tweeted: “Wages are rising in many sectors in the UK because companies operating here can no longer take advantage of an unlimited supply of cheap labour from the European Union.

“Tradespeople’s wages have risen slightly now, and staff pay at certain supermarkets is up.

“Benefits of #Brexit.”

In the UK, the minimum wage has risen by a third since 2015, currently sitting at £8.91 an hour.

In April, however, it will jump another 6.6 percent to £9.50, or €11.30 – well above France’s level.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak (Image: Getty)

In comparison, France’s minimum wage is €10.57.

Mr Kimbell’s comments come after supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s announced they plan to give 150,000 workers a pay rise – with a minimum £10 an hour rate.

Sainsbury’s said all its workers would get a basic hourly pay rate hike from £9.50 an hour to at the minimum £10 across the country.

This rate will increase to £11.05 from £10.10 for workers in inner London and to £10.50 from £9.75 in outer London.

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Sainsbury’s to offer staff a pay rise (Image: Getty)

Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts said : “To kick off the New Year, I am pleased that one of the first things we are doing is investing in our colleagues and lifting our basic hourly rate of pay to £10.

“We are making this meaningful investment to show our colleagues how much we value the bright job they do for our customers every day.

“We have also listened to our colleagues and are enhancing our colleague discount scheme to help them plan their grocery use and manage their shopping budgets better, which could save colleagues hundreds of pounds a year.”

However, businesses warned a rise in national minimum wage would cause a knock-on effect on prices.

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UK minimum wage and living wage (Image: Express)

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of trade body UKHospitality, said the increase would “undoubtedly consequence in higher prices”, with smaller businesses facing the heaviest burden.

She said: “We won’t be able to absorb all these additional cost pressures that we’re facing and this will just be an additional one of them.

“We are more than happy to pay to make sure our teams get a fair wage and a good reward but the bubble of inflationary pressure is so big that it will undoubtedly consequence in higher prices.”

The Chancellor is facing backlash due to a hike in National Insurance.

chief Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

Mr Sunak issued the announcement this week.

He said: “It’s always easy to duck difficult decisions, but I don’t think that’s the responsible thing to do.

“I think people’s priorities are for us to invest in the NHS, to invest in social care. We need to make sure that those investments are funded sustainably.”

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg called for the National Insurance hike to be scrapped to relieve pressure on households struggling with the soaring cost of living.

Jacob Rees-Mogg (Image: Getty)

Mr Sunak told broadcasters: “I have enormous respect for all my colleagues and if you take a step back and look back at why we’re in this situation, it’s because we’re facing an unheard of level of backlogs in the NHS and we as a Government don’t think it’s permissible, we don’t want families to be waiting years and years to get the treatment they need.

“It’s always easy to duck difficult decisions but I don’t think that’s the responsible thing to do.”

Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesperson, said: “Boris Johnson must drop this unfair stealth tax that will clobber families who are already feeling the pinch.

“People are worried about the rising cost of living and paying their bills this winter.

“Now they confront years of tax rises under a Conservative government that is taking them for granted.”



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