Former Brexit Party MEP and current chairman Richard Tice insisted the Government should introduce a buy-British campaign. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Tice argued the UK would benefit from national loyalty to the food we produce and the products we make. He insisted the farming and fishing industry could benefit greatly from this as more UK citizens opt for food produced in Britain.
Mr Tice said: “The key benefit is we can focus on our nation’s own requirements and needs.
“With fishing, I have talked about the importance of having control of our fishing waters.
“We can even boost tourism within fishing and likewise with farming.
“We only produced just under 60 percent of the food that we consume, in the 1980s that figure was 80 percent.
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“We have reduced the number of our products and there is a huge opportunity to grow that again, especially with improvements to technology.”
Mr Tice also explained that post-Brexit citizens could contribute to the major shift in both the farming and fishing industry.
He insisted there is already an appetite for more British grown products and the Government should use this as an incentive to support UK farmers and fishers.
Mr Tice continued: “I think there is an appetite by British consumers to buy British.
He closed by saying: “It was one thing I really admire about the French, their consumer patriotism
“Their patriotism in all French goods is absolutely fantastic and we need a piece of that for our farmers.
“I think it is really important we label our food loudly and clearly so people can see we are going to buy British strawberries and raspberries.”