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Food supply chain must unite to support businesses after Brexit

Food sector bosses have been urged to unite and adopt a more joined-up approach in setting out their key Brexit priorities to ensure business confidence.


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Independent law firm Burges Salmon said the food sector seemed to be ’fragmented’ on certain issues, adding many lobby groups were ’following their own agendas’.


Sian Edmunds, partner, said: "The more the ’siloed’ groups come together with one voice on what needs to happen, the easier it will be for the Government to take the message on board."


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It came as the Food and Drink Association (FDF) called on Prime Minister Theresa May to support the sector in delivering a healthy and secure food and drink industry in the UK.

 

FDF director general Ian Wright said: "Our partnership with UK Government has never been more important to keeping food prices stable, protecting UK competitiveness and securing a skilled workforce for the future."

 

Around 27 per cent of the UK’s food and manufacturing workers were non-UK EU nationals, said Mr Wright.


He also called for tariff-free markets, highlighting 94 per cent of exports and 97 per cent of imports of food and non-alcoholic
drink deals were with the EU.


Clarity on the exit process and urgent action to address economic and currency volatility, including a firm commitment to avoid introducing burdens on business, would also help stabilise the sector, Mr Wright added.

FDF’s key issues:

  • Continued access to a skilled workforce
  • Tariff-free market access for food and drink exports and imports of raw materials
  • An appropriate regulatory framework which ensures the continued confidence of consumers and industry
  • A business environment focussed on increasing competitiveness and reducing regulatory burdens
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