With Brexit, in the United Kingdom there is a risk of a boom in heart attack deaths due to the increase in imported fruits and vegetables. This is revealed by a study published in the British Medical Journal (Bmj). In the absence of an agreement with the European Union (‘no deal’) on the exit of the United Kingdom “we expect 12,400 more deaths between 2021 and 2030. And even with a commercial agreement we expect about 6,000 more deaths between stroke and heart attack, “he told AFP Christopher Millet, of the Imperial College’s public health policy evaluation unit.
Britain should leave the EU next March 29 but the arrangements for the farewell are still to be defined. “According to the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the bananas price would go up by 17%, oranges by 14%”, Millet noted, indicating that fruit prices are those destined to suffer the highest price increases.
In the United Kingdom, in 2017, imported fruit accounted for 84% of the total and 48% of imported vegetables. And the main fruit supplier in Britain is precisely the European Union. But with Brexit, import outside the EU would also become more onerous, with costs aligned to the WTO rules or determined on the basis of new bilateral trade agreements.