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No deal Brexit could lead to food shortages

By Mercury reporter

The owner of an organic farm based just outside Stamford has warned that a no deal Brexit could leave the country with a food shortage.

Guy Singh-Watson
Guy Singh-Watson

Guy Singh-Watson, who owns Riverford farm, said: “With just months left until the UK leaves the European Union, our utopia seems an ever‑receding dream, especially when those leading the Brexit charge appear so woefully ignorant of the farming industry.

“A leave-backing former cabinet minister recently suggested that the current deadline of March 29 would be the perfect time for a no deal Brexit. According to the former minister, bananas and tomatoes might be off the menu but we’d still have plenty to eat as we’d be leaving just as British produce comes into season.”

Guy added: “This, though, would be the worst possible time for a no-deal Brexit and would coincide with the start of the UK hungry gap, when last year’s crops of kale, cabbage, greens, cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, swedes and stored apples, onions and potatoes are all coming to an end, while harvest of new-season crops will not start until mid-May.”

The UK typically imports around half of its fruit and vegetables.

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