Brexit conundrum: A Scottish greengrocer criticizes the UK economy’s reliance on the EU.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are becoming scarce in Scotland as a result of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, according to a Scottish greengrocer.
Industry leaders have already warned that the UK will face a summer of food shortages as a result of the coronavirus epidemic and Brexit, which has resulted in the loss of 100,000 lorry drivers. However, a snapshot of bare grocery shelves has been posted on social media across Scotland and other areas of the country.
Now, James Welby of Tattie Shaw’s in Edinburgh, a Scottish greengrocer, has launched a stinging attack on Brexit.
“Excuse my French, but it’s a s***show,” he said.
“It’s most likely a combination of Brexit and Covid, but produce is taking considerably longer to arrive than it used to, and it’s frequently not class one when it does.
“Everything, including delay, has a cost.
“The produce is more expensive — on average, about 10% more expensive, but it varies.”
Mr. Welby further claimed that the quality of produce has deteriorated and that it “isn’t going to get better any time soon.”
He went on to explain that the food supply network in the United Kingdom is “built up to receive items from Europe.”
“It is simply not practical to say we should replace it with British produce,” Mr Welby told the National.
“The entire food system in the United Kingdom is geared up to import food from Europe.
“Growing it there is cheaper because they get two harvests a year, the weather is more consistent, and they can get labor.
“That type of farming is no longer practiced in Scotland or the United Kingdom.”
Officials from the Department for Transport (DfT) met with representatives from the trucking industry earlier this month to explore ways to address the shortage of drivers.
According to reports, transportation executives have proposed loosening immigration limits temporarily as a means of quickly resolving the problem.
The Home Office, on the other hand, is opposed to loosening limitations that were imposed after Britain’s exit from the EU, when free movement was halted.
Following the refusal of the Home Office, the Department of Transport (DfT) requested evidence from the industry to establish the value of a temporary visa scheme.
“Everyone engaged is sworn to confidentiality as the Home Office is adopting a very strong line,” a source close to the conversation claimed.
“The Home Office has the last say on this, and the Department for Transport is well aware that it has a very.”Brinkwire Summary News”.