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OPINION: Empty supermarket shelves are partly due to Brexit fallout

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When you drive across Norfolk, the first thing that strikes you is just how much of the county is given over to the production of food. We have always been an agricultural county, and we are still responsible for producing around a tenth of the nation’s food output.

So you could be forgiven for wondering why, when the fields around us are seemingly groaning with edible produce, that there are so many gaps on our supermarket shelves.

We are not yet at the stage of Soviet-era style queues for staples such as a loaf of bread, but at the very least our choice is becoming very limited, even of things like fruit and vegetables.

When the pandemic first hit, and we were fully locked down for the first time, many people had serious worries about whether our food production, logistics and distribution systems would be able to keep the nation fed.

Against all odds, at no stage was the flow of food interrupted, and we owe all of those working in the sector a huge vote of thanks for going above and beyond to ensure we didn’t go hungry.

Fast forward 18 months, and we are supposedly finally emerging from the Covid crisis, thanks to some pretty draconian (but necessary) restrictions on our........

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