Defra refuses to give details on no-deal Brexit food supply disruptions

FOI request from Green MP Caroline Lucas denied on grounds it would threaten EU negotiations

Ministers have refused to disclose details about their discussions with local authorities and the food industry over possible disruptions to food supplies in a no-deal Brexit, arguing the information could damage negotiations with the EU.

The Green MP Caroline Lucas, who unsuccessfully sought the information in parliament and then via a freedom of information (FOI) request, said it was “reckless and irresponsible” for ministers to use this argument to withhold potentially vital facts from the public.

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