The UK is a net importer of beef and pork, though we are technically 75% and 60% self-sufficient respectively. For lamb we could be 100% per cent self-sufficient, but import and export the same amount due to seasonal availability, the majority coming from New Zealand.
With the ink still not dry on the trade deal between the EU and the UK it looks increasingly likely that the worst case scenarios have been avoided, and much of the uncertainty of recent years will be laid to rest.
Though the potentially ruinous tariffs seem to have been avoided, the UK will now be trading with the EU as a “third country”, meaning there will be issues with increased paperwork on import and export. Walk into any British supermarket and you will be surrounded by European products. Around 30% of all food consumed in the UK is imported from the EU, similarly it is our largest export market.
Storm Filomena has covered much of Spain in deep snow, with the inland night- time temperature falling well below freezing. The provinces of Almería and Granada has seen and will continue to see a significant fall in production of tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines, and peppers due to a reduction in yields; there may well be irreparable damage to fruit and vegetable crops as the cold snap continues.