Food rises 30%’ if no Brexit deal

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Stephen Hay­ward

FOOD prices could soar up to a third if Bri­tain quits the EU with­out a trade deal, re­tail ex­perts have warned.

Im­ported cheese could rise 32 per cent, beef 30 per cent and toma­toes 20 per cent, the Bri­tish Re­tail Con­sor­tium fears.

About three-quar­ters of the food the UK im­ports is from the EU. If no trade deal is reached be­fore the Brexit dead­line in 2019, the aver­age cost of EU food could rise by 22 per cent, the BRC said.

Its di­rec­tor An­drew Opie added: “Price in­creases of this scale will add a bur­den to con­sumers al­ready un­der strain from in­fla­tion.”

Adam Ley­land, ed­i­tor of trade mag­a­zine The Gro­cer, backed the BRC warn­ing about a Brexit with no deal.

He said: “Mervyn King, the for­mer gov­er­nor of the Bank of Eng­land, called on the Gov­ern­ment to brief a sep­a­rate team of civil ser­vants to start pre­par­ing for such an even­tu­al­ity.” HOL­LIE Nolan, 30, slimmed from 16st 7lb to 9st 7lb by us­ing tins of baked beans as ex­er­cise weights, in Bolton, Gtr Manch­ester.


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