EU supermarkets aren’t experiencing the same level of shortages.
Energy and fertiliser costs are affecting production in N. Europe (and particularly the U.K.) so with limited supplies and the increased complexity in exporting to the U.K., they are favouring the easier routes and putting the U.K. down the list.
EU lorry drivers are fed up with time-consuming queues post-Brexit.
U.K. farms are struggling to attract workers from their own country and migrant workers have been discouraged.
U.K. economic uncertainties have discouraged some farms from reaching their normal production levels.
So, a mixed bag of causes.
Perhaps a dressed rehearsal for when the remaining post-Brexit import controls of goods from the EU to the U.K. will finally be applied towards the end of 2023 … unless the government delays for a 5th time.
yep, a combination of the Tories not levying windfall taxes (except for gas/oil produced here) on energy companies and the ramifications of Brexit. Pro-Brexit press and supporters say it has nothing to do with it, but there is an impact – which will really hit early next year if the import controls are finally introduced, because a large chunk of EU exporters haven’t done anything about preparing and/or aren’t inclined to when they can see other (easier) potential markets.
The government’s response will be to advise supermarkets etc to increase imports from other sources … greater distance = greater cost, therefore food prices will increase even further.
I assume Coffey will be publishing a book of turnip recipes.