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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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 ...
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
With both Brussels and London acknowledging that a deal might not be agreed 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-r...
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...
28 November 2017
What is the Brexit Workout? According to Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, the failure of talks on Brexit is a real possibility. In his words: “Everyone needs to plan for it, member states and businesses alike.” Unfortunately, the post-Brexit landscape remains nebulous, making it difficult for companies to decide what to do. This is a test in managing risk and uncertainty. Tha...
28 November 2017
In a previous Brexit Roundup we reported the UK Government’s intent to leave the EU Customs Union. Subsequently, it has published two papers setting out its view on future customs arrangements. Here, we look at the shape they might take.   The government’s three stated customs-related objectives are to: Minimise friction in UK and EU trade Avoid a hard border...
27 September 2017
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