UK Heading for Bleak Christmas Amid Rising Prices and Empty Shelves

Tory Brexit and cost of living crisis putting pressure on families.

The SNP has warned the soaring cost of Brexit and Tory cost of living crisis could see the UK heading for a “bleak Christmas” – amid rising prices and empty shelves.

It comes as the UK’s largest poultry seller warned the price of chicken is set to rise because of additional costs from Brexit and staffing shortages – and one of the UK’s biggest toy retailers warned delays at UK ports will result in shortages this Christmas.

Commenting, SNP Business spokesperson Stephen Flynn MP said:

“The UK is heading for a bleak Christmas – as the Tory cost of living crisis and soaring cost of Brexit hits millions of families and businesses in every community.

“With the Tory government slashing household incomes, and businesses warning about rising prices and empty shelves, there is a very real danger that many families will struggle to get by this winter.

“The stark reality of Tory Brexit Britain is that many people may not be able to afford to heat their homes, feed their families, or get hold of presents this Christmas as a result of the crisis Boris Johnson has done so much to cause.

“As UK poverty levels continue to rise, the Chancellor must accept responsibility and take action to tackle this Tory-made crisis – using the Budget to put money back into people’s pockets and mitigate the damage of Boris Johnson’s disastrous hard Brexit.

“Brexit has already cost Scotland billions of pounds – and under the Tories the UK has the worst levels of poverty and inequality in north west Europe and the highest levels of in-work poverty this century.

“The SNP will continue to press for immediate action to help families and businesses but the only way to keep Scotland safe from the long-term damage of Brexit and Tory cuts is to become an independent country.”