The Yellowhammer document confirms what retailers have said over the past three years – the availability of fresh food will decrease, consumer choice will decrease, and prices will rise. This is not good for the British audience and this is not good for British retailers.
A no-deal Brexit in November marks the worst possible time for the retail industry and the consumers it serves.
Warehouse availability will be limited as retailers prepare for Black Friday and Christmas, many fresh fruits and vegetables will be out of season in the UK, and imports will be disrupted by disruption across the Strait of the Canal which could reduce the flow by up to 60%. To three months.
While retailers are doing everything they can to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, it’s impossible to completely mitigate the negative impact it could have – something the government itself has acknowledged.
The fact remains that a harmful Brexit without a deal is not in anyone’s interest and it is necessary to find a speedy solution that guarantees duty-free trade with the European Union after we leave.