Brexit red tape risks winter of empty supermarket shelves, food chiefs warn

Exclusive: Fears of new disruption to fresh produce supply from EU when import controls hit in October

Adam Forrest
Political Correspondent
Tuesday 09 May 2023 18:12 BST
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Brexit to blame for food shortages in Britain, chair of Save British Food says

New Brexit red tape on EU imports could push up food prices and see more shortages in the supermarkets, industry bosses fear.

Food sector leaders are worried that port authorities are unprepared for the implementation of a series of checks, including health certifications on some animal, plant and food products from the EU, that are set to be phased in from October 2023 under Boris Johnson’s exit deal with Brussels.

New fees on goods coming into Britain from the EU will also add “hundreds of pounds” to the cost of importing each lorry-load of produce, business leaders told The Independent – a burden that could see some small firms “struggle to survive”.

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