Boris Johnson’s “oven ready deal” has long passed its sell by date.
If the Prime Minister does not pull a rabbit out of the hat in his last-ditch trade talks with the EU then he’ll be lucky if he can find an oven ready meal come January.
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After gorging ourselves over Christmas, one of the benefits of Brexit could be that it’s easier to shift those festive pounds.
EU truckers to avoid UK ports
As i revealed on Thursday, the UK could well be short of food from next month as EU truckers give our ports a miss to avoid huge queues and costly new bureaucracy.
This means they won’t be delivering fruits and salad from Spain, cheese and wine from France, beef from Ireland, pork from Denmark, and pasta from Italy. And much, much more. With or without a deal, our supermarket shelves could look a little emptier for weeks, if not months, from January.
It’s a Brexit outcome that Tory grandee Damian Green is aware of after talking to businesses in his Kent constituency.
Johnson’s bluster won’t put food on our tables
We get around 30 per cent of our food from the Europe – with even more driven through the continent from further afield. Much of that will not even make it over the Channel from the beginning of next year.
Food, and many other products, that do make it to UK ports will be, according to anyone you talk to in the logistics sector, delayed from making it into shops for days as rigorous customs laws are enforced.
Mr Johnson may attempt to rouse us with some predictable bluster on the greatness of Great Britain, our spirit, our fortitude. But words don’t put food on the table. Planning for food deliveries in a post-Brexit UK do that.