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No Deal Brexit Could Lead To A Fish And Chip Crisis

No Deal Brexit Could Lead To A Fish And Chip Crisis

Ever since the UK decided it was time to pack up and leave the EU, it seems like we've seen a fair bit of doom-mongering on all sides. Today is no different.

As the government struggles to cobble a plan together, reports claim that the country could be launched into a fish and chips crisis if we don't reach a deal.

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Yesterday, EU officials issued a 'no deal, no meal' warning, as EU boats could lose access to British waters - and vice versa - if the UK leaves without an agreement on 12 April.

Fish and chips. Credit: Pixabay
Fish and chips. Credit: Pixabay

Because the chippy staple is arguably our fave national dish, Brits currently consume more white fish such as cod and haddock than is available in British waters.

And although Brussels is hoping for a joint-fisheries agreement to ensure both parties have access to their ocean areas, the UK government has promised to make the country an independent coastal state.

Right now it's up in the air as to what the outcome will be, but if the UK decides it's going to do its own thing and talks break down, then the country will be launched into a fish and chips crisis as fish imports will be considerably more expensive.

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A source told the Express: "Currently the UK consumes more white fish than it catches in its waters and could catch in its waters."

To put it into perspective, 95 percent of the cod eaten in Britain is imported, as is half of the haddock.

"Any fish the UK doesn't catch it will have to import and that will become a trade issue," added the source.

Elsewhere, Karmenu Vella, the commissioner responsible for fisheries, said the EU is hoping to reach a deal.

The EU is hoping for a joint-fisheries agreement. Credit: PA
The EU is hoping for a joint-fisheries agreement. Credit: PA

He said: "In case of a no-deal Brexit, EU fishing vessels would have to leave UK waters and UK vessels would have to leave EU waters.

"This would have significant negative economic consequences on the part of the EU fleet, which depends on access to UK water."

Well, guess a fish and chips shortage is just another worry to add to the mounting pile, as the never-ceasing shitstorm that is Brexit looms overhead.

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Topics: Food, uk news, brexit

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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