Helena Lyng Blak
3 weeks ago

Brexit: Intensified Border Controls to Escalate Food Prices in the UK

As new Brexit border controls come into effect, British consumers could face higher prices for meat, dairy, and other essentials. What does this mean for your grocery bill?
welcomia / Shutterstock.com
welcomia / Shutterstock.com

At the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, the second phase of the 2021 Brexit trade agreement's border control measures kicked in.

From now on, physical checks of various consumables will be implemented at the United Kingdom border.

The implementation of the new border control has been delayed on multiple occasions and as recently as earlier this month. According to the British Meat Processors Association, the UK government had not “given any indication of when and how” the border checks would be implemented as of April 19, 2024.

British businesses are expected to absorb added administrative costs and pay an additional import fee to the UK government.

Many UK businesses are reportedly sounding the alarm that the increase in import costs will lead to noticeable rises in prices for the consumer.

Nevertheless, the UK government describes the surging costs as “negligible,” according to the BBC, claiming that the new border checks will “improve our biosecurity.”

However, the BBC also reports that the UK imports 22% of its beef, 21% of its sheep, and 49% of its pork, with the majority coming from EU countries. 

In 2016, almost 52% of British voters chose to leave the European Union, while just over 48% voted to remain, leading to 'Brexit'—the British exit from the EU.

Brexit officially went into effect on February 1, 2020.


The information provided by this Site is for general informational purposes only. All information on the Site is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information on the Site.

More News

4 hours ago Israeli Airstrike Hits Rafah Tent Camp Israeli airstrike on Rafah camp kills dozens, raising international alarm.
4 hours ago Meta and Call of Duty Maker Sued by Families of School Shooting Victims Families of the 2022 Uvalde school shooting victims file lawsuits against major corporations and officials, claiming they contributed to the tragedy.
6 hours ago Walmart and Capital One Call It Quits on Partnership Walmart and Capital One announce the end of their six-year card partnership amidst legal disputes.
7 hours ago US Market Open - May 27, 2024: Wall Street Wavers but Nasdaq Soars Daily update from the US market open.
9 hours ago Crypto, Currently: May 27, 2024 - Ethereum Leads Weekly Surge, Bitcoin Holds Steady Daily update on Ethereum, Bitcoin, and more!
1 day ago Debunking the headline: US GDP grows by a third ahead of EU in 15 years Europeans need not worry as much as these articles would suggest.
1 day ago Empowering Women Could Boost Economic Growth, Says IMF Economists Discover how gender equality initiatives could transform economies in Japan and Korea.