Money Asda boss warns over rotting food at Brexit Britain’s border

12:26  09 july  2018
12:26  09 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Asda boss warns over rotting food at Brexit Britain’s border © Provided by The Press Association Asda boss warns over rotting food at Brexit Britain’s border The Asda chief executive has added his voice to a chorus of supermarket bosses warning that a hard Brexit could leave food rotting at the border and have severe financial implications for the sector.

Roger Burnley told the Press Association that anything disrupting established food supply chains, currently governed by EU customs arrangements, would have “significant consequences”.

“What would be scary is the prospect of any hold up at the border. Any prospect of a hold up – that includes the southern Ireland border – would have very significant consequences.

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The warning from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) came a day before British Prime Minister It is likely that we will see food rotting at ports, reducing the choice and quality of what is available to Pennycook, the former boss of the Co-operative Group, noted that 50 percent of Britain ' s food is

Britain will see " food rotting at ports," unable to be transported to shops and the consumers who need it if the UK falls to avoid a cliff edge Brexit , a major industry body has warned . In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May and chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the British Retail.

“You’d be eating into the life of products with all sorts of implications for waste, for freshness, for quality,” he said.

Businesses such as Airbus and BMW have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks over the impact of Brexit, calling for urgent clarity as the Government continues to dither over its position.

Mike Coupe, the chief executive of Sainsbury’s, which is merging with Asda, has also issued a similar warning regarding the impact of customs delays.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis has warned that tariffs, which could be levied in the event of a no-deal Brexit, would see everyday prices rise.

The British Retail Consortium and a host of other organisations have also said that food prices could rocket if the Government botches Britain’s exit from the bloc in March 2019.

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The warning from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) came a day before British Prime Minister It is likely that we will see food rotting at ports, reducing the choice and quality of what is available to Pennycook, the former boss of the Co-operative Group, noted that 50 percent of Britain ' s food is

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Mr Burnley pointed to Ireland – whose border has emerged as a bone of contention in the Brexit debate – as a key flashpoint for Walmart-owned Asda.

“Like any business, we all want certainty and to know what is happening, but… we want hassle-free frictionless borders, it’s number one on my list.

“A lot of our meat comes from Ireland, the prospect of a border control that slowed things down there would be quite dramatic on that part of our business.”

The direct intervention into the Brexit debate comes at a critical time for Prime Minister Theresa May, who is attempting to hold together a warring Cabinet that does not agree on what kind of Brexit Britain should pursue.

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event.The UK to imports roughly one-third of all its food from the European Union.LONDONBritain will see " food rotting at ports," unable to be transported to shops and the consumers who need it if the UK fails to avoid a cliff edge Brexit , a major industry body has warned

Logo for Business Insider over a transparent background. Shutterstock. Britain will see " food rotting at ports," unable to be transported to shops and the consumers who need it if the UK falls to avoid a cliff edge Brexit , a major industry body has warned .

The Conservative Party has promised the country the “exact same benefits” of single market membership, while in the same breath pledging to leave it alongside the customs union.

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An internal Government study has shown that the UK could be hit with food shortages within weeks of leaving the EU if a Brexit deal is not reached.

Asked whether the Government would reach a satisfactory deal with the EU before Brexit day, Mr Burnley said: “I’m hopeful.”

A government spokesman said: “The government has set a clear plan for Brexit and has made real progress delivering on this.

“We have already agreed the terms of an implementation period that will provide businesses with the continuity they need to prepare and thrive after we leave the EU.

“Discussions are ongoing with businesses on what is needed to make our new border with the EU work for trade.”

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