Measures Will Increase Food Costs & Risk Delays
Following warnings that post-Brexit import controls will raise food prices and risk supply delays, the SNP has said Scotland’s businesses and consumers are paying the price of broken, Brexit Britain.
SNP politicians have slammed the Tory government’s handling of Brexit as “chaotic” and criticised the Labour party for backing the Brexit deal, which has pushed up the cost-of-living and left businesses struggling in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
The import controls, which are set to come into force next week (31st January), have been delayed five times by the UK government because of fears that they will push up food prices in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis.
Businesses continue to raise concerns, and the Fresh Produce Consortium has warned that fruit and vegetable imports will face a price hike of £200 million as a result of import controls – costs that will have to be passed onto consumers.
The UK imports around 79% of its vegetables and just under 40% of its fruit from the EU.