Brexit: food prices and availability report

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The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee has published its report on the potential impacts of Brexit on the price and availability of food for UK consumers.

The Committee highlighted the fact that with at least 30% of the food eaten in the UK currently coming from the EU, there is a risk that food imported into the country could be hit with tariffs and custom barriers. This could potentially lead to significant price rises for consumers.

The Committee also found that EU food imports could not easily be replaced by either producing more in the UK or importing more from non-EU countries. UK self-sufficiency has been declining for the past 30 years and could not quickly be reversed.

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