- BREXIT: Don’t spill the Milk
BREXIT: Don’t spill the Milk
...A completely new dimension of a milk crisis
With less than a year to go until Brexit, many sectors are concerned about what impact the UK leaving the European Union will have. The dairy industry is no exception.
Dairy matters. There are 700,000 dairy farms across the European Union, 12,000 milk and processing sites, and more than 300,000 people working in the sector. Any shock to this sector will, in other words, affect the industrial and societal backbone of rural Europe.
Even more importantly, dairy matters to consumers. Affordable and high-quality milk, cheese, butter and other products, rich in protein and healthy natural fats, are a mainstay of European diets. Disruption to supply chains as a result of Brexit may force up prices, limit choice and potentially drive people to less healthy and nutritious alternatives.