Clients will face decreased alternative within the wake of a tough Brexit, says Consortium The British Retail Consortium (BRC) yesterday despatched a letter to MPs signed on behalf of meals retailers together with Tesco, Marks & Spencer, ASDA and Sainsbury’s expressing fears of “vital disruption within the brief time period” – and clients having to face a depleted alternative of meals produce – within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit. The letter factors out UK meals’s shut supply-chain hyperlinks to Europe and highlights the problem raised by seasonal timing: “In March… 90 p.c of our lettuces, 80 per cent of our tomatoes and 70 per cent of our smooth fruit is sourced from the EU…As this produce is contemporary and perishable, it must be moved rapidly from farms to our shops. This advanced, ‘simply in time’ provide chain will probably be considerably disrupted within the occasion of no deal. Even when the UK authorities doesn’t undertake checks on merchandise on the border, there’ll nonetheless be main disruption at Calais because the French authorities has stated it would implement sanitary and customs checks on exports from the EU, which can result in lengthy delays; Authorities information counsel freight commerce between Calais and Dover might cut back by 87 per cent towards present ranges consequently. For shoppers, it will cut back the provision and shelf lifetime of many merchandise in our shops. “The letter additionally expresses the signatories excessive concern over the impression of tariffs: “if the UK had been to revert to WTO Most Favoured Nation standing, as at present envisaged within the no-deal situation, it could enormously improve import prices, which may in flip put upward stress on meals costs. The UK may set import tariffs at zero however that will have a devastating impression on our personal farmers, a key a part of our provide chains.”The letter goes on to focus on the truth that the UK’s frozen and chilled storage is already getting used, with little normal warehousing house out there and that various supply-route choices are restricted.The signatories urged the MP to keep away from a No Deal Brexit. MPs are as a result of vote tonight on Brexit choices.