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Brexit breakfast: Why bacon will be off the menu after no-deal (but thankfully there's a sausage surplus)

Much has been made of the potential disruption of a no deal Brexit on Britain's economy. Now it looks at though it could also hit us where it really hurts... at the breakfast table.

For in the event of a messy withdrawal from the EU on October 31, Britons could quickly see a shortage of bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms for their morning fry-up. 

As the above video explains, almost a third of the UK’s food comes from the EU - which raises the prospect of supermarkets being unable to fill their shelves with certain popular staples in the event of a no-deal exit. 

It's not all bad news for the good old fashioned Full English however, with bangers still thankfully on the menu due to a sausage surplus.

But there's no doubt that a no-deal exit will disrupt food supply chains, particularly for fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, which cannot be stockpiled. 

The October 31 deadline presents  huge headache for food suppliers and supermarkets, which have warned it will be more difficult to stockpile when warehouses are already at or near capacity in the run-up to the busy Christmas trading period. 

The bosses of Tesco and Sainsbury’s have both cautioned that Brexit could cause severe disruption to the industry. 

"The reality is, a no-deal Brexit, with no formal arrangements in place, would be very disruptive to our business and it would potentially be disruptive for people's Christmas,” Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe said last month.  

"You are putting a lot of risk on our supply chains, not just on food, but other products that we would be stock-building for Christmas."

"Anything other than silky smooth at our borders instantly on the 31st October...will have very significant impacts on food availability and fresh food," former Sainsbury's boss Justin King also told BBC Radio Four earlier this week. 

The food and drink industry called this week for a suspension or waiver of competition laws in the event of a no-deal Brexit to allow them to co-ordinate and prioritise the delivery of goods to where the are most needed. 

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) demanded “cast-iron” assurances from government that rules preventing co-operation between rival firms would not be enforced if the UK exits the EU without a deal. 

Anti-cartel laws prohibit suppliers and retailers from discussing supply strategies, pricing or carving up markets between them. Without a waiver, companies that breach the competition rules could face substantial fines.