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Wondering why there are no tomatoes in the shops? The answer is simple and it can be traced back to Brexit…what a surprise!
Asda and Morrisons have placed limits on the number of fruit and veg each person can buy. Asda allows a maximum of three items per person, while Morrisons allows up to two.
The media is saying that the shortage is down to weather in Spain. That’s not the real picture.
In the winter, when the weather is rotten, the UK needs to import fruit from the EU. Lengthy delays at port customs make it harder for imports to reach Britain.
The bad weather in Spain is very real and has meant a continental shortage of tomatoes and other fruits and veg. However, Brexit is pushing fruit sellers away from the UK. Why, when stock is limited, would anyone export to the UK when they can sell their restricted stock without tariffs and customs paperwork in the rest of the EU.
There are no shortages elsewhere, this is a Brexit issue. The rest of Europe has no trouble in weathering this tomato shortage.
Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey suggested that we should be eating Turnips instead. Nobody voted for Brexit to restrict their choices.
We don’t want to be forced to eat turnips when there is plenty of produce available in our European neighbours’ shops.
Sign our petition to send a message to Ms Coffey that compromises won’t do. The British public want back into the single market now.