Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Brexit threatens Stilton and Melton Mowbray pork pies

By gad, sir, they've gone too far this time.

Yesterday the Guardian reported a speech by Nick Clegg:
Melton Mowbray pork pies, stilton cheese and British-made chocolate such as Cadbury’s could be under threat from Brexit, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has warned. 
Speaking to a food and drink industry conference on the impact of leaving the European Union, Clegg said it was possible that European rivals would start producing lookalikes to British foodstuffs if they lost the legal protection from imitation offered by EU rules. 
"Outside the EU they won’t enjoy the appellation bestowed on those products and I would have thought other countries would take advantage of that pretty quickly and put products into the European market that directly rival those protected brands."
Nick also suggested that the EU will revisit its definition of chocolate, with the result that British brands will no longer be able to be sold as such there.

Just one more thing that Leavers have not thought about. It's not up there with Northern Ireland, but it has particular resonance here in Leicestershire.

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