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Brighton Journal | 30th March 2020

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University Warns Of Food Crisis As Brexit Talks Continue

University Warns Of Food Crisis As Brexit Talks Continue
Hannah Midgley

Brexit Secretary; David Davis, is back in Brussel’s for the second round of Brexit negotiations and has called both sides to “get down to business”.

His priority is tackling uncertainty for EU citizens living within the UK or UK citizens living in the EU, according to the BBC.

However, the University of Sussex has released a report warning of Brexit’s impact on food, saying that the UK is far from prepared.

The science policy research unit found that the price of imported food could rise by 22 percent. Noting that consumers have not been warned about the implications Brexit even a ‘soft’ Brexit will have on food stability and security.

The authors of the report are calling for a clear plan for UK food as currently only as much as 61 percent of food is UK sourced and people need to know where the food will come from and under what regulation.

Professor Millstone, who worked on the report said: “Since the Brexit referendum UK food and agricultural policy has been in chaos. Not only have ministers yet to develop a strategy or make decisions, they have not even grasped the issues about which urgent decisions are needed. Unless things change rapidly, and in line with our recommendations, the UK will not only have policy chaos, the food system itself will become increasingly chaotic.”

This 86 page review is the first which looks at how Brexit will affect food and farming in the UK.


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