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Potential Customs Checks on food imported from the European Union after December 2020

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

The European Union’s negotiating objectives for the future relationship with the United Kingdom states: ‘all imports will need to comply with the rules of the importing party and will be subject to regulatory checks and controls for safety, health and other public policy purposes.’ (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_326) Do you share my concerns that the price of food imported from the European Union in London may rise due to non-tariff barriers such as customs checks?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Yes, I am concerned about the impact on disadvantaged Londoners of any interruption to food supply chains into London, and of the potential for those interruptions having an impact on prices.

This is one of the reasons why I asked the London Resilience Forum (LRF) to look at the short-term implications of Brexit on the supply and distribution of food, alongside other critical areas. They continue to work on this with the London Food Board and are working hard to understand how Government will maintain the continuity of food supply. The LRF continues to raise its concerns with Government about the unacceptable impacts of any interruptions to food supply for vulnerable Londoners.