One in six families is stockpiling food for Brexit with young people much more worried than the old
One in six families is stockpiling in preparation for Brexit. Britons are stocking up on tinned food and dried goods.
Young people are much more worried than the old, with a quarter of 18-34 year olds taking precautions to avoid going hungry, according to Barclaycard.
Trade association the British Retail Consortium has warned that there will be shortages of fresh food because it could go off due to congestion at UK ports.
Britons are stocking up on tinned food and dried goods in preparation for Brexit amid fears of shortages
It highlighted strawberries, tomatoes and lettuces as examples of foods that could increase in price or run out after October 31 if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
New customs arrangements could lead to delays of hours or even days, according to a leaked Government report on the impact of a No Deal Brexit.
It is not expected that tinned foods, which have a shelf life of many months or years, will be affected by Brexit.
The figures were released as part of consumer spending data from Barclaycard, which showed that consumer spending declined slightly in August, compared to the same month in 2018.
Pubs, restaurants and discount stores were the only sectors to see strong spending growth.
Esme Harwood, director at Barclaycard, said: ‘A weak pound and worries about rising prices are causing concern for many.’