Brexit. What could it mean for British food? Jon Holmes investigates

Brexit. What could it mean for British food? Jon Holmes investigates

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have visited a Melton Mowbray pork pie shop

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jon Holmes has been following Brexit with a close eye, and has noticed one repercussion that no one's been discussing: the implications on Brexit of British food.

Melton Mowbray pies currently have a protected geographical indicator (PGI), meaning only pies made in and around Melton Mowbray, in the traditional manner. are allowed to use the name Melton Mowbray.

However, this is an EU law and of course we may be leaving the European Union, so how could that affect one of the nation's most celebrated snacks? 

The chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, Matthew O’Callaghan, expressed his concerns to Jon.

"The problem is if after leaving the EU, EU law no longer applies in the UK, our pies would be protected in the EU, but would not be protected in the UK, so anybody anywhere could make a Melton Mowbray, not with the right recipe nor the right ingredients.

"That's the problem we had many years ago when we tried to protect it, we found the UK didn't have sufficient laws."

He's now calling for answers as to why this wasn't discussed in the run up to the referendum, as of course, it could have affected the vote, couldn't it?

"I didn't hear Boris Johnson or Gove or Farage talking about these things at all – completely silent on the issue, and I want to know why," he demanded.

Listen to the full discussion to find out more about this pressing issue.