Trade body counters calls for import tariff cut

A spokeswoman for the Consumer Choice Center said: “Imposing any tariffs on food will not only put another burden on British consumers and increase the costs of Brexit, but will also send a signal to the rest of the world that post-Brexit Britain will pursue protectionism ahead of consumer interests.

“Free trade is vital for consumer choice as it allows consumers to enjoy a greater variety of products at a lower cost. Interventions in the form of tariffs, non-tariff barriers or quotas hit consumers the hardest and, therefore, should be avoided or decreased at all costs.

‘Consumer will lose’

“Leaving the EU without a deal would cost the UK 2.2% of GDP ​[gross domestic product] by 2030. However, unilateral liberalisation would help compensate up to 80% of that reduction in real GDP. Therefore, it is key that, after Brexit, the UK either fully abolishes its tariffs on food, or keeps them low. If Brexit comes with tariffs on food, a small group of people – British farmers – will win, while every British consumer will lose.”

READ MORE: https://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Article/2019/03/12/Trade-body-counters-calls-for-import-tariff-cut

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About Maria Chaplia

Maria is pursuing a Master’s degree in Law and Economics at Aix-Marseille University in France. Prior to joining the Consumer Choice Center, Maria served as Campaign Manager at Apple Fundraising Consultants, a London-based boutique consultancy specialising in high net worth international fundraising and campaign management. In her role, she worked closely with the US and UK foundations; her clients included Westminster charities. Maria also completed a Charles Koch Market-Based Management programme and a communications internship with Students For Liberty in Washington DC. In 2016, she received the European Students For Liberty Student of the Year Award. Maria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and is a fluent Ukrainian and Russian speaker.