LONDON — The U.K. food industry is urging the government to set aside competition rules so companies can coordinate supply decisions to combat food shortages if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement on trade relations.
The Food and Drink Federation said Wednesday it had asked the British government to direct the Competition and Markets Authority to relax rules that prevent such coordination. It hasn’t yet received a response.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal. Many economists say a no-deal Brexit will trigger a recession and cause economic mayhem, with shortages of fresh food and other goods likely as customs checks snarl Britain’s ports.