Tesco Warns of Pre-Christmas Brexit Stock Crunch

By Gary Cutlack on at

Brexit is apparently going to be even harder and more complex than previously imagined, warns Tesco boss Dave Lewis, because the UK's revised exit date of October 31 means the various warehouses of the land will be bloated with their finest Christmas tat come EU walkaway day – making accommodating additional food supplies even harder.

Lewis doesn't expect food riots, mind, as he says long-life items should be fine; but it's the availability of shorter-lived fresh produce that could be an issue if tariffs are introduced and borders are ruled over in the hard fashion. He explained: "Empty shelves depends on what no-deal means. If there's a problem at the border, if there's a problem with tariffs then there could be interruption. If as part of no deal there is no tariff, there is no problem. We could be absolutely fine."

Great news there. We could be fine. We may not have to go shopping armed with kitchen knives in November, like people do in London. Might be an idea to learn how to make lentil and vegetable soup, though, if you can't already, as it could be a harsh winter. At least we'll be able to live on the Christmas stock if it all kicks off. [BBC]