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Brexiteer Belittles Report Claiming Brits Will Die from Poor Diet Because of Brexit

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BREXITEER Julian Jessop dismantled a new report claiming 5600 Britons a year will die from a poor diet resulting from the UK leaving the European Union.

Speaking to TalkRADIO, the Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs claimed the post-Brexit predictions were a "classic example of Project Fear". 
The report, published by Dr Florian Freund and Dr Macro Springmann, claims Brexit will change diets and dietary risk factors influencing health in Britain resulting in the death of 5600 people per year by 2027.
But Mr Jessop argued the report was based on the wrong assumption that food prices in the UK will rise because of Brexit which would change Britons' eating habits to the worse.
He said: “I appreciate it’s before the watershed so I can’t say what I really think about this research but I’ll give you a clue.
“This is a classic example of Project Fear.
“It takes a few very, very extreme scenarios back by the assumption that I don’t think they’re credible and it comes out with a very scary answer.
“And I think that’s counterproductive.
“The assumption that food prices will rise, for a start, seems to be based on one as many as three things.
“One is the idea that the UK would decide to impose tariffs on imports from the European Union.
“So the food that we import from the EU becomes more expensive.
“But we don’t have to do that. Alternatively, we can lower tariffs on imports from the rest of the world.
“So the net change in terms of tariffs will be that we pay less on imported food rather than more.
“They’re also concerned that the sterling might fall further and that will make imports more expensive, but I think it’s very dangerous to base any analysis on that, it seems just as likely that the currency will recover.”
A report published by the House of Lords European Union Committee in May said: “It is inconceivable that Brexit will have no impact on EU food imports to the UK.”
The report urged the government to develop a comprehensive food security policy for Britain in the event of a no-deal Brexit, estimating a hike in food tariffs up to 22 percent.
While this isn’t necessarily a direct knock-on effect on the prices own shelves, the more food costs to import, the more likely it is to cost more in the shop.
To counteract this, the government could cut tariffs on all food imports, EU and non-EU, but this would pose a serious risk of undermining British food producers who could not compete on price.
The report states: “EU food imports cannot easily be replaced by either producing more in the UK or importing more from non-EU countries.”

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