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No-deal Brexit will cause food shortages worse than coronavirus panic buying

These are the words of Andrew Opie, director of food at the British Retail Consortium, speaking to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. He described the panic buying food shortages at the start of the Covid lockdown as 'mild' compared to what we would experience without a trade deal with the EU. Particularly in fresh products.

As he points out, the coronavirus issue wasn't getting food into the country it was getting it onto the shelves. But with a no deal Brexit, the food won't be there in the first place as much of our fresh fruit and veg is imported.

But I guess we will have at least taken back control of our shelves, and stocked them with good British empty space.

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