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Industry chiefs previously warned the UK is facing a summer of food shortages due to the loss of 100,000 lorry drivers due to the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit. But now, a photo has been shared on social media of empty supermarket shelves across Scotland and other parts of the country.

Now, Scottish greengrocer, James Welby of Tattie Shaw’s in Edinburgh, launched a scathing attack on Brexit.

He said: “Excuse my French – but it is a s***show.

“It is probably a combination of Brexit and Covid but the produce is taking much longer to get here than it used to and it often isn’t class one when it arrives.

“Everything has a cost – even delay.

Scottish greengrocer lashes out at UK economy’s dependence on EU

Scottish greengrocer lashes out at UK economy’s dependence on EU (Image: Getty)

Brexit red tape and COVID-19 cause empty shelves

Brexit red tape and COVID-19 cause empty shelves (Image: Getty)

“The produce is more expensive – on average around 10 percent more I would say, but it varies.”

Mr Welby also claimed the quality of produce has declined and said it is “not getting fixed any time soon”.

He went on to say how Britain’s food chain “is set up to get the stuff from Europe”.

Mr Welby told the National: “It is just not realistic to say we should replace it with British produce.

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Empty shelves across the UK due to Brexit and Covid

Empty shelves across the UK due to Brexit and Covid (Image: Getty)

“The whole way Britain’s food chain is set up is to get the stuff from Europe.

“It is cheaper to grow it there – they get two harvests a year, the weather is more reliable, they can get the labour.

“There is not much farming of that kind left in Scotland or the UK.”

Earlier this month, officials at the Department for Transport (DfT) held discussions with haulage industry chiefs on how they can tackle the shortage of truckers.

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Brexit endgame

Brexit endgame (Image: Express)

According to reports, transport leaders have recommended a temporary easing of immigration controls as a way of quickly solving the crisis.

However, the Home Office opposed relaxing controls, which were tightened following Britain’s departure from the EU when free movement ended.

Following the Home Office’s refusal, the DfT asked the industry for evidence to demonstrate the value of a temporary visa scheme.

One person close to the discussion said: “Everyone involved is sworn to secrecy as the Home Office is taking a very hard line.

Empty shelves across the UK

Empty shelves across the UK (Image: Getty)

“The Home Office has the final decision on this and the DfT knows it has a very tough sell, so need the very best evidence.”

It is believed informal discussions have begun at the start of the month but talks could still fail if the Home Office continues to oppose relaxing controls.

A source added: “There has been a subtle change of heart from Government.

“They know they need to explore how this can be solved.”

Covid and Brexit spark shopping panic

Covid and Brexit spark shopping panic (Image: Getty)

It is believed around 15,000 European drivers have left the UK for mainland Europe due to Brexit.

The industry’s plea comes after truckers warned there could be massive tailbacks at Dover following the end of the EU’s trading rules.

This disruption was relatively short-lived and trade between Britain and the bloc has headed back to normal following a brief collapse in January.

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