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FDF Responds to UK Government’s No-Deal’ Technical Notices on Brexit

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FDF Responds to UK Government’s No-Deal’ Technical Notices on Brexit

FDF Responds to UK Government’s No-Deal’ Technical Notices on Brexit
August 24
10:19 2018

The Food and Drink Federation, which represents the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector, has responded to the publication by the Government of a set of ‘no-deal’ Technical Notices. Food and Drink Federation chief executive, Ian Wright CBE, said: “The Government’s laudable decision to publish these Technical Notices nevertheless confirms what a grisly prospect for UK food and drink a no-deal exit from the EU would be. There is no sign of further progress on negotiating frameworks with the devolved administrations. There is no substantive information on mitigating the effect of ‘no deal’ on the island of Ireland, where the implications would be most significant.

Ian Wright CBE, director general of FDF.

“Specifically for food, the notice about organic food certification makes clear that UK organic exporters may face a ban on their exports to the EU for at least nine months after a no-deal exit, while new approvals for certification are sought. These issues apply far more widely than just to organic food – any UK food that currently displays EU marks or logos will be in the same boat.

“Moreover, the UK food industry will doubt that the Government could replace TRACES (the EU Trade Control and Expert System that tracks the entire trade and certification process for animals, food, feed and plants) with a new, comprehensive, functional UK alternative IT system in time for the end of March.

“The new burdens potentially facing food and drink exporters and importers set out today will frighten many SME food businesses.

“The piecemeal release of these notices indicates that many are not yet ready and agreed for publication. That hardly inspires confidence. As the consequences of a no-deal exit from the EU become ever clearer it is vital that, to protect the interests of shoppers and consumers, the Government must deliver a deal with the EU.”

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