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Supermarkets Warn Government of Empty Shelves in No-Deal Brexit

  • Sainsbury, M&S, Waitrose, Asda pen open letter to Parliament
  • Concerns include inability to stockpile fresh food and tariffs
A customer browses meat under a sign encouraging customers to 'Choose British' inside a supermarket in London.
Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The U.K.’s biggest supermarket companies have joined forces to warn the government of significant disruption and rising food prices if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.

Retail giants including J Sainsbury Plc, Walmart Inc.’s Asda, Marks & Spencer Group Plc and John Lewis Partnership Plc’s Waitrose have signed a letter from the British Retail Consortium to members of Parliament, warning that stockpiling fresh food is impossible.