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Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies

Fruit stall at Borough Market in London
Image caption The UK imports roughly half its food – nearly a third of which originates from the EU

Food bills could rise sharply if there is no free trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, peers have warned.

The Lords EU Environment Committee said it was “inconceivable” there would be no impact on EU produce, which makes up 30% of the UK’s food imports.

While better-off customers could afford to buy more expensive home-grown goods, it said, those on lower incomes could be left with lower-quality imports.

Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies
Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies

Officials said the UK’s aim was to ensure the “smooth flow” of goods.

Brexit-supporting MPs say leaving the EU could reduce food prices by removing unnecessary regulation on UK farmers and cutting tariffs on imports from the rest of the world.

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