al_yrpal wrote: Food will get cheaper post Brexit thats my opinion. Opinions can vary.
For many African countries food exports is all they have. Spread some of our wealth by buying it. Roll on Brexit!
The idea that the UK can source it's non-native grown food requirement from Africa seems to demonstrate all that's awry with the "system".
While "spreading some of our wealth" sounds laudable most of the monies will go to the transporters and the middle men.
And because of different rules and currencies there will be far more of them, for a start.
I would sooner buy stuff from relatively poor Romania and help bring them into more of a european standard.
To transport basic foodstuffs, that can be grown near at hand,such a vast distance seems so idiotic, such a waste of the fuel resource.
I am not against importing some stuff.
We do that already. A great deal of wine,from the Americas and elsewhere, if the empty boxes in my local Tesco are any guide.
And some more exotic fruits, that like or need a different climate.
That makes at least some sense.
Indeed the very fact that so much food is already sourced from outside the EU demonstrates the false claims about the "protectionist" EU.
To allow ourselves to be food dependent on the political uncertainties of Africa would be folly.
We need to support our own farmers, I am in favour of that.
Pete75 point about why should agriculture be different to other industries has been often raised.
I would say that food is different.
The high subsidies of the past which resulted in butter mountains etc have mostly been "adjusted" for more sensible measured help.
The stark choice remains however; if UK farmers don't make a reasonable living then our food security is threatened. No Govt, could or should support that, IMV.
We compete quite well with other EU countries in the sector and our exports are an important contributor to the economy both rural and to the Exchequer.
We have shared expertise and innovation with our EU partners and also tried to limit the spread of disease, something that is an ever present threat.
I would prefer local food production but I recognise the realities of large scale savings, and the influence of different soil and climate types.
The present system is not perfect but it's not broken. IMHO.