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Securing the best future for the UK fresh produce industry

27 March 2017

The Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union on Wednesday 29 March. This will start the process of negotiations by the UK Government for the UK to leave the European Union.

Since June 2016 FPC has been busy on behalf of members setting the groundwork to raise awareness in UK Government departments and with Ministers of the key challenges and issues which the UK fresh produce will face to ensure we can continue to trade effectively.

As well as lobbying Ministers and Government departments directly, FPC is engaged in several stakeholder groups across the UK food and drink industry, as well as freight/transport organisations to join forces on areas of mutual concern. This joint activity is vitally important to steer Government departments as they seek a consensus across industries and start to make some of the key decisions over the coming year.

The UK Government set out its broad intentions in the White Paper on Exiting the EU and future partnership with the EU.  We highlighted the key points of the White Paper in an update earlier this month. The Paper comments: ‘Leaving the EU offers the UK a significant opportunity to design new, better and more efficient policies for delivering sustainable and productive farming, land management and rural communities. This will enable us to deliver our vision for a world-leading food and farming industry and a cleaner, healthier environment, benefiting people and the economy.’

In addition, Defra is expected to publish its plan for food and farming, as well as a separate plan on the environment, in due course.

To date the UK Government has provided few details about how regulation, for example import inspections, customs border controls, and trading relationships will be effected post Brexit. However, it is likely that the broader framework will start to be crystallised in the coming months.

In the attached update available for members we summarise the state of play on the following key issues and our current position. We trust you find this useful and we welcome your feedback.

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