And he confirmed to MPs that some imports would have to make way for “essentials” such as medicine if chaos at Calais restricts space on cross-Channel ferries.
Sources last week claimed the Department for Environment had acknowledged that perishable goods such as lettuce, meat and veg could lose out.
Mr Gove told the Environment Select Committee that tariffs and putting goods on alternative routes such as from Spain to the UK by sea could also affect prices. He said: “We won’t see significant price rises. But there is a risk of price spikes in certain food stuffs.”
And the Environment Secretary said his department remained in negotiations with the Ministry of Defence about acquiring patrol vessels to police Britain’s fishing waters after Brexit.
He added that aerial drones may also be used to monitor the post-Brexit 200 mile fishing limit. “The aerial drones are to ensure we have control of our waters. They can go as far as they need to ensure we have control of our economic area.”
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