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The Future Relationship between the UK and the EU

13 July 2018

The Fresh Produce Consortium welcomes the publication of the UK Government’s White Paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

We recognise in this paper many of the key elements FPC has lobbied for over the past twelve months.  It is vital that our members have greater certainty regarding the make-up of our future trading relationship with the EU and the regulatory framework, as well as access to both temporary and permanent labour. 

This is just one step towards securing the best future for the UK fresh produce industry and we will continue to work with the UK Government and our European partners over the critical coming months as trade negotiations develop further.

The key points from the White Paper are the UK Government’s proposals for:

  • Maintaining frictionless trade through a new UK-EU free trade area for goods underpinned by a common rule book, covering only those rules necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border.
  • A phased introduction of a Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA), a business-friendly model that removes the need for new routine customs checks and controls between the UK and the EU, whilst enabling the UK to control its own tariffs to boost trade with the rest of the world.
  • Free movement of people to come to an end. The Government will seek a reciprocal mobility arrangement with the EU, in line with the intended approach with other key trading partners around the world.
  • Cooperative accords on science and innovation, culture and defence research.
  • A joint institutional framework for consistent application and judicial interpretation.
  • Flexibility to enable the UK Government to review and – if necessary – revise its operation over time, in the best interests of the UK.
  • A firm commitment in the Withdrawal Agreement requiring the framework for the future relationship to be translated into legal text as soon as possible. 

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