Brexit and food (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

What impact would no-deal Brexit have on London’s food supply chain?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The impact of any disruption is difficult to determine, depending on factors including industry reaction and policy, UK and EU member state policy and, importantly, public behaviour.  Just-in-time food supply chains are complex and have evolved over decades with access to free trade agreements across Europe.

I asked the London Resilience Forum (LRF) to look at the short-term implications of no-deal on food supply and distribution, alongside other critical areas. They have explored this with the London Food Board, including retail and hospitality sector representatives, and are working to understand how Government will maintain continuity of food supply.

The LRF has raised its concerns with Government about the unacceptable risks on food supply for vulnerable Londoners.

The first priority of the new Prime Minister must be to put an immediate end to the chaos and confusion of Brexit. That means revoking Article 50 and giving the public the final say.