Farmers have warned that dairy products such as cheese, butter and yogurt could become an occasional luxury if the UK does not get a favourable Brexit deal.
Ash Amirahmadi, managing director of farmer-owned dairy company, Arla Foods said: “Our dependence on imported dairy products means that disruption to the supply chain will have a big impact. Most likely we would see shortages of products and a sharp rise in prices, turning every day staples, like butter, yoghurts, cheese and infant formula, into occasional luxuries.
“Speciality cheeses, where there are currently limited options for production, may become very scarce.”
A London School of Economics (LSE) study showed that a hard Brexit could lead to shortages and higher prices on products where domestic supply relies on production capacity.
The study said border controls, customs delays and increased tariffs would make importing dairy products from Europe harder
But other farmers have made the case for increased opportunities for British farmers claiming they will be able to fill the gap with their own homemade products.
East Anglian dairy farmer Jonny Crickmore told media: “There is a huge amount of cheese brought into the UK from France and all of a sudden instead you could have something made on your doorstep, and you are supporting a British farmer and the price is cheaper. It almost makes it a no-brainer as to which cheese you are going to buy. For us, it could be really good.
“The trouble is, there are not enough people like us out there to fulfil this demand. But I think it would be a good thing if it meant we give more and more small businesses a chance to get established.”