Food prices could soar up to a third if Britain quits the EU without a trade deal, retail experts have warned.
Imported cheese could rise 32 per cent, beef 30 per cent and tomatoes 20 per cent, the British Retail Consortium fears.
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Its director Andrew Opie added: "Price increases of this scale will add a burden to consumers already under strain from inflation."
The British Retail Consortium has raised fears that the average spend on EU food could rise by 22%
Adam Leyland, editor of trade magazine The Grocer, backed the BRC warning about a Brexit with no deal.
He said: "Mervyn King, the former governor of the Bank of England, called on the Government to brief a separate team of civil servants to start preparing for such an eventuality."