CHART OF THE DAY: How Brexit will destroy British sandwiches

It didn’t have to be this way. Picture: Getty Images

The classic British ham and salad sandwich could soon be reduced to just bread and butter.

Politico finally dropped the news yesterday that everyone needed to fully understand what kind of impact a no-deal Brexit will have on the UK.

It’s all here, from a telling infographic deconstruction of how many countries are needed to create a ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce in this modern world, to comments from a despondent director of the British Sandwich Association, to equally alarming news for those who replace their ham with tuna.

The short version goes something like this:

Bread – mostly comes from the UK
Butter – 25% of the UK’s butter is imported
Ham – 60% of the UK’s pork is imported
Cheese – More than 60% of the UK’s cheese is imported
Tomatoes – 80% of the UK’s tomatoes are imported
Lettuce – 93% of the UK’s lettuce is imported

So in a no-deal Brexit scenario, that leaves a classic sandwich in the UK as pretty much bread, butter, and in half the current cases, maybe some ham and cheese.

You might think there’s a great opportunity for a home-grown produce boom, but British farms simply can’t grow enough – or grow it cheaply enough – to meet demand.

There are some telling quotes from the spokesperson from the British Leafy Salads Association about that in the Politico article.

And Quartz created the chart that suddenly brings the March 29, 2019 deadline uncomfortably close for sarnie-loving Poms:

This is real. The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without striking any deal with Brussels was “uncomfortably high”.

And in worse news for British lunches, a former UK ambassador in Washington yesterday said the the Trump administration will “try and force” Britain to apply American standards – read “hormone-treated beef and chlorine-washed chickens”in return for a trade deal after Brexit.

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