Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2019

FDE Press Release, 28 February 2019

BREXIT - FoodDrinkEurope warns of dramatic implications of a no-deal Brexit

The food and drink industry, the leading employer in the EU manufacturing sector, has stressed that it is particularly vulnerable in the case of a no-deal Brexit, and warns that the United Kingdom crashing out of the EU would have a devastating impact on the industry.

An internal FoodDrinkEurope report has shown that a no-deal Brexit would result in a substantial decrease in EU-UK trade and production of food and drink products. This would in turn have an impact on the revenue of manufacturing companies, threatening thousands of jobs across all Member States.

EU27 food and drink exports to the UK amount to €32 billion, representing 70% of the UK’s total imports. Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, the WTO Most Favoured National (MFN) tariffs could apply to traded goods. For agri-food products, these tariffs are notoriously high; this will have a knock-on effect on the whole food supply chain, from producer to exporter to consumer.

The report shows that this disruption to the food supply chain could potentially result in:

The EU food and drink industry is resilient. This resilience, however, may not be enough to combat the sudden economic disruption of a no-deal Brexit. It is for this reason that FoodDrinkEurope reiterates that the Withdrawal Agreement, as negotiated, represents the best way forward for our sector. Failing acceptance of this agreement, FoodDrinkEurope would like to underline its request to the European Commission to adopt unilateral contingency measures, as outlined in our letter of last month, to help our sector mitigate the devastating effect of a no-deal.

One month to go: FoodDrinkEurope warns of dramatic implications of a no-deal Brexit

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