Food shortage warning for Britain in event of no-deal Brexit

Fresh produce may rot in lorries in ‘disastrous outcome’, UK trade body warns

An anti-Brexit protester outside the cabinet office in London.

An anti-Brexit protester outside the cabinet office in London.

A disorderly no-deal Brexit would disrupt some UK food supplies for weeks or months if delays at ports leave fresh produce rotting in lorries, the UK industry’s trade body warned on Wednesday.

Retailers such as Tesco have warned that leaving the European Union on October 31st without a trade deal would be hugely problematic for the industry as much of the fresh produce is imported and warehouses are stocked full ahead of Christmas.

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