BRC: It’s “impossible” for retail to mitigate Brexit no-deal disruption

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The BRC has said that while retailers are doing everything they can to prepare for Brexit, "there are limits to what can be done". (Image: PA)
// BRC rejects Michael Gove’s claim in House of Commons that retail is ready for no-deal Brexit
// Gove is Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, meaning he is responsible for ensuring the UK is Brexit-ready

The British Retail Consortium has hit back at Michael Gove’s claim that the country’s retail industry is “ready” for a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The BRC said that while retailers were doing everything they can to prepare for the October 31 deadline, “there are limits to what can be done”.

The lobby group made the remarks in a statement that was circulated after Gove told the House of Commons yesterday that retail was “ready” for a no-deal Brexit, in response to a question from shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer about industry preparations.


Gove is the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which means he is the MP responsible for ensuring the UK is ready to leave the EU on October 31, with or without a deal.

Responding to Gove,  a BRC spokesman said: “It is impossible to completely mitigate the significant disruption which would be caused by no deal.

“Checks and delays at the border, limited warehousing capacity in the run up to Black Friday and Christmas, and the increased reliance on imported fruit and vegetables through the winter months mean that popular goods, such as strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce, would likely see reduced availability, and higher prices.”

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  1. Due to $ fluctuating since Johnsons election as PM, over half of my suppliers have upped their prices, most by 10% or more.
    I fail to see how my business can cope with Brexit when increases of this nature are imposed with often nil notice.
    Due to Brexit uncertainty, business has been down for past two years, costs continue to rise and we havent left yet!
    Gove simply parroting his statements does not make it true, does he even believe them himself?


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