Leaving the EU could cut the cost of Easter eggs, pro-Brexit campaigners claimed. Unilateral trade deals with chocolate-producing countries Indonesia, Nigeria and Brazil could remove punitive tariffs imposed by Brussels on imports of cocoa-based sweet treats, Vote Leave said.
So-called tariff escalation is criticised for discouraging industrial development.
Spokesman Robert Oxley said: ‘Pro-EU campaigners are constantly rabbiting on about the supposed benefits provided by the EU.
“But consumers will be hopping mad to find out that the EU is actually making Easter more egg-spensive.
“As well as putting up the price of food in supermarkets, the EU’s protectionist policies hurt businesses in developing countries who are effectively shut out of our markets.
“If we Vote Leave on 23 June, Easter will taste all the more sweeter next year.”
Chief campaign spokesman for Britain Stronger in Europe James McGrory said: “These claims just don’t stack up.
“Our membership of the EU allows us to trade freely with a market of 500 million consumers. And the fact we are part of the world’s largest single market means we can strike trade deals with economies across the world.
“The reality is that Vote Leave just don’t know what kind of trading deals we would be able to secure as a single country.
“Voters across the country won’t be fooled – they can tuck in to their Easter eggs today safe in the knowledge we are stronger, safer and better off in Europe rather than taking a leap in to the dark.”