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Farming groups welcome Government’s latest Brexit position paper

Farming groups have welcomed the Government’s latest Brexit position paper, which covered future availability of goods for the EU and the UK.


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Farming groups welcome Government’s latest #Brexit position paper

Four broad principles were set out in the paper to ensure the continued delivery of goods post-Brexit.


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Four principles

  • Goods placed on the single market before exit should continue to circulate freely, without additional requirements or restrictions such as changes to labelling
  • Where businesses have undertaken compliance activities prior to Brexit, they should not be required to duplicate them to place goods on the market after Brexit
  • Any future agreement should facilitate the continued oversight of goods
  • Where goods are supplied with services, there should be no restrictions applied to services which undermine the agreement on goods

The paper highlighted how failure to agree to these principles could affect food traceability, which would require continued oversight by enforcement authorities.

 

The food chain was also singled out for needing a specific definition of being ‘placed on the market’ because of the length of production cycles and the amount of time certain goods can be held in storage.

 

Senior business and economics adviser at the CLA Dr Charles Trotman said: “The Government has recognised that disrupting the flow of goods and services between the UK and the EU must be avoided.

 

Vital

 

“Providing confidence to both consumers and producers on food labelling regulations, for example, is vital and we will work with the Government to ensure the food and farming sector has access to existing trade arrangements with the EU.”

 

Dairy UK chief executive Dr Judith Bryans welcomed the Government’s recognition of the importance of agri foods in the paper.

 

“Businesses need certainty around the legalities associated with ensuring they can continue to trade in goods at the point of Brexit”, she said.

 

“We will offer the Government every possible assistance in securing arrangements which will minimise disruption to consumers and dairy businesses and will help the UK dairy industry take advantage of the opportunities Brexit may yield.”

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