One of the academics in question is Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City, University of London. Tim is both a friend and colleague of mine. It is only a few weeks ago that we were considering the forecast of the British Retail Consortium on Brexit. That says:
The weighted average tariff, if the UK were to default to WTO tariffs on UK food imports from the EU, would be 22 per cent. Such a scenario would put upward pressure on consumer food prices.
I think the BRC were inclined to understatement there.
I stress that this is a long way from being the only risk Tim and his colleagues refer to in their report. But if you want to bring the issue home it’s a good one to start with.
Lang’s been infected by the Dicktater I assume. And of course there is no requirement, whatsoever, to impose WTO tariffs upon imports. They are a listing of the maximum we may impose, not a listing of what we must, nor minimums.