Thomas – Freight bosses warn Brexit could see fresh food disappearing from supermarket shelves

Freight bosses are warning that food staples including lettuce, tomatoes and beef could be in short supply or even disappear from supermarket shelves after Brexit because of disruptive checks that will need to be conducted at ports.

Commenting, Gareth Thomas MP, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign, said:

“Freight bosses are warning us that there’s a very real risk of Brexit leading to fresh food products disappearing from UK supermarket shelves. This is not just an issue of customs arrangements, but also health and sanitary checks.

“The last time there were delays at the border, fresh food produce was left to rot at the side of the road. That could become a daily occurrence if we crash out of the Single Market and the Customs Union, as the Government and the hard Brexiters want.

“Nobody voted for fresh food produce to disappear from our supermarkets. If that’s a consequence of Brexit, it just emphasises the need for a People’s Vote on the terms of any final Brexit deal.”

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