EU inflation in food production is running at a rate 55% higher than in Brexit Britain
Strangely, no one is blaming this on Brexit and the BBC isn’t even mentioning the EU’s problems
Millions in the EU are now facing prohibitive food shopping bills.
On Friday last week, the European Commission’s official statistics agency released its latest figures on the soaring prices for food production and outputs in the EU. These rising prices are of such magnitude that their impact will become even more severe for EU citizens’ supermarket shopping bills than they already are.
To put UK inflation into context, I am providing readers with a summary of how much worse things are becoming across the Channel.
Comparing EU agricultural and food output prices from Q2 2022 with the same period last year
Prices of agricultural products (output) — Increases from Q2 2021 to Q2 2022
- Average EU output price for all food products : +25.5% (UK: +16.5%)
Examples of some selected products in the EU
- Cereals : +68%
- Eggs: +45%
- Cattle : +31.9%
- Chickens : +30.1%
- Milk: +33.9%
- Oilseeds and oleaginous fruits: +59%
[Sources: EU Commission | ONS ] Note: “Food output prices” are defined as the amount received by producers for the goods that they sell to the domestic market.
The EU’s high average increases mask crisis-level increases in some EU countries
Inevitably, looking at EU27 averages does not reveal the massive problems hitting certain EU countries which are now at crisis levels.
The sharpest rates of increase in the average price of agricultural output over this period were observed in Lithuania (+65%), Estonia (+53%) and Hungary (+43%). In each case, these are many times the UK level.
However, it is not only ‘outlier’ EU countries which are being hit. The average hikes in food output prices in the EU’s top 3 economies are also well above UK levels. Germany : +30.3%, France : +27.7%. Italy : +23.4%. As shown above, the UK is on +16.5%.
To all those who look at rising prices in the UK and automatically blame Brexit, (as they do for everything), I politely suggest they turn their eyes to their beloved continent across the English Channel.
In this report above I have shown how the situation in the EU is far, far worse than it is in the independent United Kingdom. On every measure we looked at, the EU’s food price inflation is higher than in the UK — and in most cases dramatically higher.
One of several standard responses from Rejoiners on social media, when I publish official data from the EU, is “Why talk about the EU? Didn’t you know we’ve left?” They trot this out when the UK compares much more favourably to the wannabe empire they want us to rejoin.
The simple answer to these people asking “Why talk about the EU?” is “Because that’s all you talk about.” It may be uncomfortable for Rejoiners to have to confront reality but I present official facts, not bland, meaningless slogans backed by no facts whatsoever.
In 2016 we defeated all the odds, (and the ‘experts’, pollsters, and the Establishment), and eventually achieved quasi-independence for the United Kingdom despite the efforts of Theresa May and her government to water it down to nothing. Yes, we still have a long way to go to achieve full independence and sovereignty, but we’re on our way.
It is now up to all of us to defend Brexit. If we don’t, we may lose it.
Sources: EU Commission | UK Office for National Statistics ]