Trade and customs are proving to be the biggest sticking points in Brexit negotiations. In this article we consider what’s still to be resolved and what it means for you, if you work for a food and grocery company.

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26 November 2018
For as long as there is a possibility that a deal might not be signed off on Brexit, the food and grocery sector faces a daunting to-do list to prepare for this worst-case scenario.  Hopefully, your business has already considered this possibility, prepared an action plan and begun to work on it. Each company’s list is likely to be unique but here is a generic checklist to use as a cross-ref...
23 November 2018
The UK government has published a series of 106 ‘technical papers’ providing advice to companies on preparing for a No Deal Brexit. This is obviously a lot for anyone to digest and so we have summarised the key points here for you. We do however recommend that you read in full any paper that covers a critical element for your business. 1. Trading with the EU In the event of No Deal, th...
22 November 2018
However much (or little) disruption it might entail, we will get beyond the initial transition period. So, we brought together almost a hundred food and grocery CEOs to discuss building productivity, exports and skills to deliver lasting prosperity. See our conclusions.   DOWNLOAD BREXIT AND ECONOMICS FOR REGULAR UPDATES SIGN UP
22 November 2018
“I believe we can get a good deal, but, it’s right that we say, because we don't know what the outcome is going to be, let's prepare for every eventuality.” Theresa May, UK Prime Minister, July 2018.  Although the UK and EU are working hard on a settlement, there is no guarantee of success and No Deal remains a possibility. This note summarises the main short-term risks of that scenario ...
01 August 2018
Customs and trade have taken centre stage on Brexit this year for good reasons. This is a vital area and a solution is urgently needed. However, if this becomes resolved, attention is likely to transfer to immigration policy, another critical topic.  According to the UK Food and Drink Supply Chain Workforce Group, around a third of UK-based workers in the food and drink chain are EU national...
01 August 2018
The fog of uncertainty Trade and customs are proving to be the biggest sticking points in Brexit negotiations. In this article we consider what’s still to be resolved and what it means for you, if you work for a food and grocery company. The UK government’s stated aim is to leave the EU Customs Union and Single Market but then to minimise disruption through a new free trade agreement and ...
20 March 2018
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. It’s now just a year away and the exact nature of the country’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU is still unclear. Our chief economist James Walton has examined the present situation and possible challenges ahead, including: Current negotiating position What’s still outstanding What the UK government wants UK suggestions for a ...
16 March 2018
If we assume Brexit follows the Article 50 timetable and the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, what should your company have done by now to avoid a state of panic in twelve months’ time? One year to go Most thrillers involve some form of ticking clock, with the hero racing to complete a vital mission under steadily mounting pressure. It makes for compelling viewing but no business like...
16 March 2018
Much of the debate about Brexit has centred on customs. Should the UK sit inside or outside of an EU Customs Union? If it’s outside, how could delays be minimised? If you import or export products, or intend to, make sure you’re up to speed with changes to the UK Customs declaration procedures. The position of the UK government is that it will leave the Customs Union. In this case, HM Reve...
16 March 2018
If you’re typical of the majority of UK based food companies we’ve spoken to, the two most urgent Brexit related issues for you are trade and immigration. We suspect a third area, farming policy, is not yet receiving enough attention. All change (sort of)! Ever since its creation in 1962, the Common Agricultural Policy has sat at the heart of the EU and currently represents 38% of its b...

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