The British Retail Consortium said shoppers should brace for possible higher price tags on EU foods this year, saying “with the additional Brexit red-tape this autumn, retailers may be forced to pass on some of these costs onto their customers.” Furious Express.co.uk said the expected price increase was yet another reason to support British businesses and farmers while shunning overseas firms.
Responding to the article warning people of what lies ahead, more than 1,300 readers made their feelings known.
In comments, many readers refused to be panicked by the warning and said they would simply leave EU products off their weekly shopping list.
One reader said they would “just buy British” while another vowed to “buy British” only from now on.
And yet a third wrote: “Even more reason to buy British then.”
Another said the UK should “cancel contracts for EU produced food”.
Another person said: “Eighty percent of my food is British the other 20 percent is from countries outside the EU.
“Local produce from our UK farms is far better quality and stays fresh longer.
“I shop at a local butchers and a farm shop for my fruit and veg, oh and they stock oranges, bananas etc and display a sign of their country of origin, outside the EU.”
One irked reader questioned why British shoppers were buying any foods from the EU.
They said: “It will happen I guess but simple answer don’t buy the EU products.
“What’s wrong with our own goods?”
And another said the proposed price hike would not come as a shock at the check-out “because we have already stopped buying European goods and so have many supermarkets.”
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One man said he is keen to “protect our industries” and would play his part by picking only British-made products off the supermarket shelves.
And another said the time has come for buyers to shun EU firms and look elsewhere.
They said: “Just don’t source anything from the EU. Buy elsewhere.”
And one reader said the UK should import more foods from countries which sell high quantities of UK goods.
They suggested: “We’ve made trade deals with other countries, get food from those and sell more British produce.”
Since the Brexit transition period ended on December 31 the UK has signed multiple trade deals with nations around the world.
One of the next big ones on the list is Canada.
Talks with government representatives from Ottawa are expected to kick off later this year.
Speaking to Canadian broadcaster CBC last week, Mr Johnson his team are trying to get the Canadians to accept more British cheese in order for a deal to be signed.
He said: “I’m hopeful that we will be able to do a thoroughgoing free trade deal.
“As I recall, we were slightly held up by the Canadian reluctance to allow too much British cheese to tempt the palates of Canadians.
“I think what’s really needed now is more affordable, high-quality British cheese in Canada and I hope that we can do a deal to allow that.”
He added: “We’re very hopeful that we can do a great deal.”