The reality remains that a no deal Brexit in October would present the worst of all worlds for our high streets and those who shop there.
The words of the British Retail Consortium responding to Michael Gove’s claims on The Andrew Marr Show that a No Deal Brexit would not result in any food shortages.
A spokesman said that:
“It is categorically untrue that the supply of fresh food will be unaffected under a no deal Brexit. The retail industry has been crystal clear in its communications with Government over the past 36 months that the availability of fresh foods will be impacted as a result of checks and delays at the border. Indeed, the Government’s own assessments showed that the flow of goods through the channel crossings could be reduced by 40-60% from day 1, as would the “availability and choice” of some foods.
“The BRC’s own assessment has shown that soft fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, tomatoes and lettuces, would likely see reduced availability as they are largely imported during the winter months.”
They added that :
“The reality remains that a no deal Brexit in October would present the worst of all worlds for our high streets and those who shop there. Retailers will be preparing for Christmas, stretching already limited warehousing capacity, and the UK will be importing the majority of its fresh food from the EU, magnifying the impact of border delays.”