'UK consumers face higher prices, lower quality and less choice after Brexit'
Consumers in the UK may face higher prices, lower quality and less choice when it comes to food as a result of Brexit, a former supermarket CEO has warned.
The former CEO of Sainsbury's Justin King told the BBC's Panorama special on Brexit: Britain's Food and Farming that the public at large is completely in the dark and facing these there key dangers.
He said that the UK's membership of the Eu had led to lower food prices, less choice and better quality food and that Brexit would invariably lead to more barriers, which would mean less efficiencies.
The last thing, he said, any retailer will say is that they are going to put up prices. The ambition of any supermarket, he said, is to put up quality and reduce prices. "Brexit just made it a whole lot harder."
However, John Mills, the founder of JML, said the EU is to blame for food prices being 20pc higher than in the rest of the world.
He blamed tariffs for keeping prices high and said that food prices are where they are to support farmers.
However, farmers interviewed on the BBC Panorama programme were divided on their opinion of the effect Brexit would have on farming in the UK.
Availability of seasonal workers and the standard of food imports were raised by some farmers and consumers.