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Food shortages warn as winter blackouts could deprive Britons of life-saving supplies

Nigel Farage says, "We are energy independent."

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The UK government has asked food and beverage industry stakeholders for their views on the impact of a major blackout on food supplies in the UK. I asked. This comes amid growing concerns about the impact of this winter's energy crisis. According to PoliticsHome, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provided industry figures that believe blackouts are theoretically possible.

We asked Defra to provide guidance on which food supply chains would be most vulnerable in the event of a power outage.

Food prices across the country are already skyrocketing as the cost of living crisis grows.

Today it was claimed that the UK could face up to four days of blackouts and blackouts in January as part of its winter contingency plans.

The government's 'reasonable worst-case scenario' plans reportedly indicate that the UK could face capacity shortages of around one-sixth of peak demand. ing.

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Britain is preparing for food shortages. (Image: Getty)

Emergency coal-fired power plants, officials say With the government's plans, she told Bloomberg that the shortage would occur even after the

This means the UK could be forced to endure systematic blackouts in industry and homes. , and electricity imports from Norway fell, which could force the UK to take urgent action to save four days of gas.

The problem is expected to be exacerbated by Norway's recent announcement that it plans to limit energy exports to the UK and Europe this winter.

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Food prices across the country are already soaring as the cost of living crisis grows (Image: Getty)

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It was revealed earlier today that the UK could face a blackout of up to four days (Image: Getty)

It could mean that you will need rations.

The UK is expected to rely more on the continent for electricity this winter than ever before.

The National Grid expects Britain to have access to her 5.7 gigawatts of electricity from Europe. This corresponds to approximately 10% of peak demand.

However, about a quarter of this figure, 1.4 gigawatts, is expected to come from Norway.

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But what about the threat of a four-day blackout? For example, a spokesperson for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said, "This is deliberately misleading and not what we expected.

, unlike Europe, does not rely on energy imports from Russia: our own North Sea gas reserves, stable imports from reliable partners, Europe's second largest LNG port infrastructure, and gas supply und This means that households, businesses and industries can be sure that they will get the electricity and gas they need.”

The Norwegian government also announced earlier this week new restrictions on electricity sales to foreign countries. announced the rules.

This is because hydroelectric power plants, which produce most of the country's energy, are threatened by unusually hot and dry weather.

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Hydroelectric plants in Norway (Image: Getty)

The announcement comes amid growing anger in Norway over rising domestic energy prices.

Watt-Logic energy consultant Kathryn Porter said the newly proposed measures "jeopardize the UK's ability to import from Norway this winter."

She added: “National Grid ESO urgently needs to update its winter outlook given this threat to the UK's energy security.