The Speaker
Saturday, 25 May 2024 – 00:38

Concerns over food prices after Brexit

There are fears that food bills could rise sharply after Brexit if there is no free trade deal agreed with the European Union.

The House of Lords EU Environment Committee said it was “inconceivable” there would be no impact on EU Produce after Brexit. The UK imports roughly half its food, nearly a third of which originates from the EU.

Officials have said that the UK’s aim was to ensure the “smooth flow” of goods after Brexit. Pro-Brexit MPs have claimed that leaving the EU could reduce food process, though many argue this is unlikely to be the case.

The Lords EU Environment Committee said it was unclear where the Government’s aims sat with Brexit trade talks, and whether they prioritised food prices or animal welfare. It has been suggested that the UK could face average tariffs of 22℅ on food imports from the EU after Brexit. 

The Government is yet to confirm what post-Brexit customs arrangements it wishes to pursue with the EU.

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