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British Government suppressing report on Brexit food prices - Hazzard

24 September, 2017 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has described attempts by Downing Street to suppress a damning report on Brexit’s impact on food prices as "wholly unacceptable."

In recent days it has been revealed that the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is refusing to publish the findings of a report into Brexit’s impact on the food industry; raising suspicions that the findings are politically damaging for the British Government. 

The South Down MP said:

“One of the loudest warnings against Brexit was that the British Government would sleepwalk into a post-Brexit future where insecure, unsafe and increasingly expensive food supplies would become a living reality for families. 

“It is clear from the suppression of this information that Brexit means bad news for our local food industry and bad news for local families. 

“Ultimately any rise in food prices will also be matched with a rise in inflation rate which will further impact on living standards and the overall health of our economy - a local economy that relies very heavily on the Agri-food sector."

Mr Hazzard concluded:

“If Theresa May knows that Brexit is going to affect food prices, then she must tell the general public and not hide away and pretend there is no problem.” 

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