Food Supply

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th July 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the food security implications of the UK leaving the EU on (a) world trade rules, (b) remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union and (c) any other trade scenarios.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Food supply is highly resilient with capacity throughout the supply chain, and industry can respond quickly to ensure ongoing supply. The UK has a strong balance between domestic production and diverse sources of supply, which has been stable for a number of years.

Food security depends on factors including increasing global production sustainably, reducing waste and ensuring open markets to facilitate trade. None of the potential scenarios regarding our trading relationship with the EU is likely to have a significant impact on food security.

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