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Brexit: Tenth of Britons fear Champagne and Prosecco ban – survey

One in 10 Britons surveyed fear that sparkling wine from the continent will be banned or unavailable in the aftermath of Brexit, according to new research.

Brexit: Champagne and Prosecco ban fear

In a survey carried out by discount deals website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, of over 2080 people, 16 per cent were concerned European wines such as Champagne, Prosecco and Cava will be forbidden in the wake of the UK leaving the European Union.

The UK Wine & Spirit Trade Association warned this week that prices would likely rise due to the weak sterling currency in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union on 23 June.

The team at Voucher Code Pro, who polled Britons aged 18 and over, conducted the research as part of an ongoing study into how the country feels about how the vote to leave will affect their personal finances.

Among other concerns, 17 per cent believe certain foods such as croissants and Gouda cheese will be banned, while 15 per cent think children will cease to be taught European languages at school.

The uncertainty over mobility within Europe has also had an effect on some people’s attitudes, with 17 and 14 per cent respectively believing that Britons will be banned from living and travelling abroad.

‘It’s no surprise people are worried, given the uncertainty in the current economy and political climate,’ said George Charles, a spokesperson for Voucher Codes Pro.

‘It’s highly doubtful that any of these fears will translate into reality, but it’s an insight into how the public is feeling at the moment and the concerns we have about the future of our country – some more valid than others.’

Mr Charles added that the results suggested that the British government has a responsibility to educate the nation in an ‘unbiased and straightforward way’, so that people ‘clearly understand the arguments and consequences’.

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