European Union Committee
Brexit: food prices and availability

14th Report of Session 2017-19 - published 10 May 2018 - HL Paper 129

Contents

Summary

Chapter 1: Introduction

Figure 1: Origins of food consumed in the UK in 2016

Chapter 2: Tariffs

What are tariffs and why might they apply post-Brexit?

Box 1: Tariffs and the World Trade Organization (WTO)

What might tariffs mean for the price and availability of food?

EU MFN tariffs

Unilateral removal of tariffs

Existing trade agreements with non-EU countries

Chapter 3: Non-tariff barriers

What are non-tariff barriers and why might they apply post-Brexit?

Box 2: Rules of origin

What might non-tariff barriers mean for the price and availability of food?

Delays

Costs

Capacity

Minimising the impact of non-tariff barriers

Requirements on EU countries

Chapter 4: Increasing self-sufficiency

Opportunities to increase production

Figure 2: The UK’s food production to supply ratio (self-sufficiency ratio)

Challenges to increasing production

Timescales

Types of food

Access to labour

Support for the sector

Reliance on EU inputs

Chapter 5: Importing more food from non-EU countries

Opportunities to import more food from non-EU countries

Challenges to importing more food from non-EU countries

Types of food

Lower standards

Impact on UK producers

Limited opportunities

Chapter 6: Food security for all

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Glossary

Evidence is published online at http://www.parliament.uk/brexit-food-security and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7129 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.





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