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Back To Beans? A Whiff Of Britain's Post-Brexit Food Menu

A messy withdrawal from the EU could cost the U.K. its current trade routes and threaten supplies of brie and parmesan, avocados and tomatoes...and even tea!

Traditional British baked beans
Traditional British baked beans
Megan Durisin, Aine Quinn and Rob Dawson

LONDON — No more avocado toast or banana smoothies. And forget about shaving fresh parmesan on your pasta. Instead, get used to milk at every meal, bread for days, lamb chops, and peas. Lots and lots of peas.

Home-grown meals more akin to an industrial-age diet are what Britons could be eating if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal that sets up basic trading relations with other countries. The U.K. relies heavily on imports and has been such a hotbed of agricultural trade for centuries that it's easy to forget what the British palate would look like in a world where food trade grinds to a halt.

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