A no-deal Brexit would "inevitably disrupt" fresh food supplies in Britain because delays at ports would throw just-in-time deliveries into chaos, the chief executive of supermarket group Sainsbury's said on Friday.
As Ciara Lee reports, he's one of a number of retail bosses to warn of potential disruption.
Fresh fruit and vegetables... just some of the potential victims of a no deal Brexit.
Supermarket group Sainsbury's is the latest to voice concerns.
Its CEO has said the October 31st Brexit date could not come at a worst time for shops with warehouses already full of Christmas produce British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government has been accelerating its preparations and the country will "be ready" for a no deal scenario.
The government has demanded supermarkets stockpile But bosses say that's almost impossible with fresh food The EU provides Britain with around 86% of its lettuces and 70% of its tomatoes.
Asked if plans were in place that meant disruption could be ruled out, Sainsbury's chief told the BBC he "disagreed wholeheartedly" And he's not alone.
The Chief Executive of Co-op, has said that some fruit might have to be transported more expensively via air from the Southern hemisphere to avoid congested ports.
"Operation Yellowhammer" - a report released this week by the government reveals worst-case scenarios.
It points to potential problems snarling up cross-Channel trade routes.
And it's not just food at risk.
PSA's chief has said a no-deal Brexit would be a "train crash" And the car group would take necessary decisions regarding its UK plants.
It also said it had halted investment at its UK factories while Brexit remains unclear.
Last week, a UN trade body warned that a no-deal Brexit would cost UK businesses at least $16bn.
With UK car exporters the hardest hit, losing about $5bn in sales to the EU.
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European Union leader Charles Michel has criticised the UK at the UN GeneralAssembly for its threats to renege on parts of the Withdrawal Agreement itsigned with the bloc. He warned on Friday that the 27-nation organisation willnot back down in the final weeks of talks on a free trade deal. Mr Michel said“respect for treaties, a basic principle of international law, comes to beconsidered optional even by those who, until recently, were its historicalguarantors”. “All this in the name of partisan interests,” he said inreference to the UK Government.
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Sir Keir Starmer has said Boris Johnson has questions to answer over "breaking international law" by tabling legislation which would breach the Brexit divorce deal brokered with Brussels last year. The Labour Party leader accused the prime minister of either knowing what he signed and mis-selling the withdrawal agreement or not knowing what he signed which "takes us to new levels of incompetence". Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has updated MPs on the "reasonable worst-case scenario" planning by the Government as the UK approaches the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December. Mr Gove said the Government is "committed" to negotiating a new free trade agreement with the EU before the end of the year but insisted "things will change" for businesses and individuals as they trade with and travel to the EU, whatever the outcome of the talks. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is fully behind Chancellor Rishi Sunak'sCovid-19 plan for workers and is hopeful it will mean more people self-isolateif they have symptoms of the virus. Mr Johnson's comments come during a visitto Northamptonshire Police HQ.
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Boris Johnson chose to visit a police training centre in Northamptonshire today instead of attending his chancellor's major announcement in the House of Commons. Downing Street denied speculation about a rift at the top of Government, insisting there was "absolutely not" a problem between Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak. The prime minister told reporters that his visit was to talk to police about enforcing new coronavirus rules he laid out on Monday. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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Yiwu is the Santa's workshop of China, where some 80% of the world's Christmas goods are produced. But the health crisis has slashed demand from international buyers, leaving the city's factories and vendors with little to celebrate this year. Gloria Tso reports.