Scheduling a new Brexit deadline is “more difficult” because the supply network will be filled with Christmas stock, boss of Tesco has warned. Dave Lewis told the media at the end of the October meant there would be “less capacity” for caching longer-life terms. A no-deal Brexit could mean tariff and hinders at the border that ceases supplies of some of the food.
But Mr. Lewis said leaving the EU could also provide opportunities for the UK. Mr. Lewis told the supermarket chain had purchased an extra stock of long-life items in preparation for 29th March – while the UK was originally assumed to leave the EU – but said it would be harder to make the same preparations this time around.
He said, “ We’ll do whatever is practical depending on how things develop between now and then. But the challenge will always be those things which are shorter life – fresh produce. That’s what the UK imports quite a lot of”.
He also added, “ empty shelves depends on what no-deal means. If there’s a problem at the border, if there’s a problem with tariffs then there could be interruption”. He included, “ If as part of no deal there is no tariff, there is no problem. We could be absolutely fine. The UK currently imports about half of the food it eats, but Mr. Lewis said Brexit could be a good time to “take stock”.
He also included, “It may be a good time for the UK to… decide, actually: what food do we want to eat, with what impact on health, with what impact on the environment ”.