Does a Brexit Mean Change in the British Diet?

British voters will have an important decision to make very soon: should the UK withdraw from the European Union? Passions are running high and politicians are heating up their rhetoric. There’s much at stake, not least of all British eating habits.
Great Britain imports roughly 50% of its food from European Union countries, according to a recent news report from the BBC ( Some of the foods that form a staple in the British diet, such as bacon, are imported at an even higher rate.
For many in the food industry, a Brexit is going to mean a huge headache and some radical changes in procedure. The British Retail Consortium is currently warning that a “Brexit” (British exit from the EU) could cause a radical change for citizens of the UK. Not only would food prices go up as the result of the imposition of tariffs, but availability of many food items would be affected as well, since the European supply chain would be dislocated as new customs requirements and border regulations would have to be re-negotiated.
Some British food exporters, however, such as dealers in smoked salmon, have a more sanguine attitude toward leaving the EU. European suppliers of foods such as German sausages and Italian wines are more likely to adjust their prices in a positive way to allow greater sales with the UK, at least according to this view.
Whether a Brexit is a good or bad thing in the long run is still open for debate, as is the fate of that most iconic of quick British lunches, the bacon sandwich.