Brits face high grocery bills as EU red tape threatens to increase costs

Brexit red tape
BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said retailers are struggling to bear the brunt of rising cost pressures
// Higher shipping and raw materials costs as well as EU red tape threaten to increase food prices
// October Brexit checks are expected to force retailers to pass on additional costs to shoppers
// Shop prices fell by 0.6% in May, compared with a 1.3% decrease in April

Brits face higher bills for their weekly grocery shop as higher shipping, raw materials costs, and the EU red tape threatens to increase the cost of food.

Further Brexit checks from October are expected to force retailers to pass on additional costs to shoppers, the BRC said.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said retailers are struggling to bear the brunt of rising cost pressures.


“Global food prices are currently at their highest in seven years, shipping costs have risen threefold since 2019, and commodity prices are climbing,” she said.

“We will likely see these costs filter through in the second half of this year, and with the additional Brexit red-tape this autumn, retailers may be forced to pass on some of these costs onto their customers.”

Dickinson’s warning comes as the BRC records that shop prices fell by 0.6 per cent in May, compared with a 1.3 per cent decrease in April, marking the slowest rate of decline since February last year.

While clothing and footwear prices continued to fall in May, pent-up demand and the reopening of non-essential retail meant this drop was smaller than in previous months.

Meanwhile, furniture and electricals prices increased in May due to the global supply chain disruption earlier this year.

Food prices fell 0.3 per cent in May compared with a year earlier and a 0.6 per cent decline in April, while non-food prices fell 0.8 per cent on last year, compared with a 1.7 per cent drop a month ago.

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  1. Surely you mean “UK red tape introduced into the import supply chain by Brexit and the UK choosing to leave both the Single Market and Customs Union and declining any mutual SPS standards as offered by the EU”.

    That was the choice of 17.41 million UK citizens believing the promises of Vote Leave and other Leave campaigns that leavig the EU would make goods cheaper and mean less ‘red tape’ for businesses. That really isn’t the responsibility of the European Union.

  2. This is wrong, I agree with Mr Solomon, this is UK red tape. the lies and incompetence of Johnson and his ‘oven ready team’ have created this shambles.
    With even the farmers and fishermen saying they were lied to and tricked into voting to leave it shows how corrupt this process was and websites like this should not print not misleading but lying headlines

  3. This is wrong, the BRC is wrong. It’s not EU red tape, it’s UK red tape as a result of choosing to leave the EU! A slight majority of the electorate chose to leave the EU, are they willing to face the consequences?

  4. So its not “EU red tape” but British red tape, administered using British checks, in Britain under British law. The inevitable consequence of third country status.

    Nothing to do with the EU. When will the lies stop?

  5. I completely agree with all the above people, as the first thing I thought when I read the first line of this article.

    Whoever wrote this seems to be on the wrong team?


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