25 Jul 2016 19:51:
I've cut and pasted the following from todays El Pais (automatic translation to Spanish). It's interesting that it appears since the lower £ the UK supermarkets are making the Spanish accept the same £ Sterling price regardless of the fact that the pound has fallen. I can well imagine Tesco selling a punnet for £1 and saying to the importer, "we'll pay you 50p a punnet take it or leave it." Also note that the Spanish exporters are worried that UK might introduce new inspection and regulation regimes. Whereas in UK they are worried the EU will do this to them. I think that the businesspeople and exporters in all countries will stop the politicians from making life difficult for exporters. Exporters are the backbone of economies.
"Only in 2015, Spain exported 33,500 tons of strawberries UK- ie 10% of exports and 16,000 tons of other red fruits'm representing 40% of envíos-.
UK being one of the main recipients, the immediate consequences of Brexit are not waiting. The price of fruit has fallen nearly 10% by the depreciation of the pound, which has fallen by 7.48% by the surprising result of the referendum. With this collapse, farmers are experiencing losses in production in the last fruits of the season: blackberry and raspberry. The average price of a carton of 125 grams has not changed in the supermarket after the vote: 1.16 euros approximately, according to entrepreneurs. If the price is stable and the value of the pound falls, earnings for these are much lower.
The big question is what kind of trade agreement will have UK with the European Union. For Dominguez, export policies are already quite demanding: "inspections could be increased, deterring the entry of products," he says. "We understand that the UK could trigger campaigns and adopt regulations for the marketing of food to the detriment of third countries like us," he adds."