Food shortages feared with ‘no-deal’ BrexitPosted on August 3, 2019 by Gerald Flynn
INTERNAL British civil service research has highlighted fears of food shortages, hoarding and rising prices as well as major travel disruptions when Britain leaves the EU at the end of October without a negotiated departure agreement.
Internal papers from the Department of Education, disclosed by the London Observer newspaper (August 2019) details the dangers of food shortages to schools, but addds that informing the public of the risks could make matters even worse.
In a section entitled School Food, it talks of the:
“risk that communications in this area could spark undue alarm or panic food buying among the general public”
And it adds: “Warehousing and stockpiling capacity will be more limited in the pre-Xmas period. The department has limited levers to address these risks. We are heavily dependent on the actions of major suppliers and other government departments to ensure continued provision.”
Listing the actions the department would take in the event of food shortages affecting schools, the document says: “In light of any food shortages or price increases we will communicate how schools can interpret the food menu standards flexibly. DfE may make exceptional payments – or submit a prepared bid to HM Treasury for additional funding. Worst case scenario estimate of the increased costs – £40m [€43.5m] to £85m [€92.5m] a year for schools in relation to free school meals based on price increases of 10-20%.”