No deal Brexit and food

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/3889
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that 30% of London’s food comes from other EU countries, how long could any potential disruption to London’s food supply last if the Government fail to secure a deal with the EU?

Answer

No deal Brexit and food

No deal Brexit and food

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My London Food Strategy includes a focus on ensuring all Londoners have access to healthy food and it is vital that Londoners can access food in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

London’s food supply chains are amongst the most efficient in the world, often based upon just-in-time delivery. This is one reason why I have asked the London Resilience Forum (LRF) to look at the short-term implications of a no-deal Brexit.

A food sub-group of LRF is now looking at potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit on the supply and distribution of food, including impacts on vulnerable Londoners.

The retail and hospitality sectors are represented on that group and I know that they are already working hard to maintain supplies in the event of no-deal.