Leslie – Increase in food prices shows hard Brexit will make families worse off

Food and drink prices have soared with their biggest increase for three years, figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

According to the ONS, food and drink prices rose by 1.2% in the year to March. 

Commenting, Chris Leslie MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“This sharp rise in food prices will leave millions of working families worse off. It’s another example of how the pound’s post-Brexit plunge is making the weekly shop and filling up the car more expensive.

“This is a worrying taster of what is to come if the Government continues down its hard Brexit path. Leaving the EU with no deal would mean high tariffs on imported food, raising prices even further.

“Nobody voted in the referendum last year to become worse off. The Government has a duty to negotiate a deal with Europe that gives us the ‘exact same benefits’ as we have now, as David Davis promised, to prevent a further spike in prices on the supermarket shelves.”