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Brexit will take a bite out of food budgets, report warns

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The UK should create a new Food Brexit Framework to minimise the challenges to food security after departure from the European Union, according to a report for the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

A Food Brexit: Time to get real, published on 17 July, was written by Erik Millstone, professor in science and technology policy at the University of Sussex; Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University of London; and Terry Marsden, professor of environmental policy and planning at Cardiff University. 

Their study claims that ministers are “sleepwalking” towards a Brexit that could have enormous implications for food security due to the Europeanisation of consumer tastes and increased import costs. It argues that it’s impossible to avoid some of the consequences by March 2019.

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