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22 September 2017

FDF response to Prime Minister's Brexit speech in Florence

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“We support the Prime Minister's intent to move negotiations on. The clock is ticking and businesses need time to plan and prepare. The intention to negotiate an implementation phase based on our current arrangements with the EU27 is a welcome step in helping businesses manage the ongoing uncertainty.

“Our firms face difficult investment decisions and there is a huge amount of work to be done in a short space of time. The onus is on the UK Government and the EU to demonstrate concrete progress by the time of the October European Council to reassure business and consumers."

“As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink is vital to the country's prosperity. If we are to feed the country in the way UK consumers have come to expect and enjoy, we must have this transition period which minimises any disruption and requires only one point of change. Transition must include continued access to our valued EU workforce, a stable regulatory regime, frictionless customs and trade, and a practical solution to Irish border issues.”

More information

Contact Ted Woodward, Corporate Affairs Division, at: ted.woodward@fdf.org.uk, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7140.

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