Boris moves to save Christmas pigs-in-blankets: Ministers expected to U-turn and confirm visas for 1,000 foreign butchers after farmers warned more than 100,000 animals face destruction because of staff shortage | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Boris moves to save Christmas pigs-in-blankets: Ministers expected to U-turn and confirm visas for 1,000 foreign butchers after farmers warned more than 100,000 animals face destruction because of staff shortage

Hundreds of overseas butchers are set to be allowed into Britain ease the UK's Christmas meat crisis.

Ministers are expected to U-turn and create visas for foreign slaughterers in the run-up to the festive season as a massive cull of pigs gets underway.

Boris Johnson's government had attempted to play down the impact of the wasting of up to 100,000 pigs which face being thrown away because they cannot be professionally butchered for sale.

It had previously resisted calls for foreign workers to be allowed to make up for a shortfall in trained British staff.

But multiple Whitehall sources told the Daily Mail that ministers have bowed to increasing pressure from industry and are finalising plans to allow about 1,000 skilled workers to relieve UK abattoirs.

Farmers have been warning more than 100,000 pigs face destruction in the coming days because of a shortage of butchers to process their meat.

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