The duties collected go to government and if not taken for granted can effectively ever so slightly reduce our taxes. Now for an example. Lets take tomatoes. Yes I know three smilies from me is a bit over the top and the example of tomatoes might seem frivolous. Consider tomatoes just an example. We are swamped with EU tomatoes, mostly from Holland and Spain. Typically one can buy EU tomatoes at 69p for a plastic box containing six pale aneamic almost odourless and tasteless tomatoes. Sometimes they are the only tomatoes available in our local Coop and I foolishly buy a box. Cheap but not cheerful and I then curse my previous day's purchase at breakfast. Half a tin of Heinz baked beans with my bacon and egg would have been better. Tomatoes should be red and smell of tomatoes and taste of tomatoes. For most of the year I get British tomatoes during my weekly shop in Morrissons. Even in Winter. A good variety, ripe when the vine is cut. Not 69p I'll grant you . Typically £1.50 to £2.00 depending on season. They are grown by various growers in mainly Kent or Worstershire. Clearly our English growers cannot compete on price so they compete on quality. To much duty on EU tomatoes would have the risk of tempting our own growers to cut quality and compete on price. A bit of duty might level the tomatoe fields (greenhouses?) and help our own growers of tomatoes. Why do we buy Danish butter? Our own is just as good and is actually less expensive. Compare Lurpak with Morrison's own brand British. (British 50p less expensive) Perhaps a 50p duty on a small block of EU butter might make some people think why they have being overpaying for an inferior or at best, equal product, for the 30 years after the end of a brilliant sales campaigne. Sensible duties on EU products may well help our own producers. It may make some products more expensive but would help us be more self sufficient. And if the duties raised were used to raise the income tax thresholds slightly would not harm the lowest paid of our own population. We will never compete on wine. Even here there might be benefit. I might drink less. This post has been aided by a bottle of Chardonnay for grown ups, from Burgundy of course. Cheers.