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26 January 2018

FDF response to Brexit Secretary David Davis' speech on the Brexit transition period

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Please find below the FDF response to Brexit Secretary David Davis’ speech on the Brexit transition period.

A FDF spokesperson said:

“We welcome the clarity from Government on its ambition for the transition period. A smooth transition which maintains the status quo until our new trading arrangements are in place is absolutely vital for the UK’s 6,800 food and drink manufacturers. Our members’ competitiveness relies upon frictionless trade in ingredients and finished products – nowhere is this more stark than on the island of Ireland. We urge the negotiating teams to work swiftly so business can have confidence in day one readiness on both sides of the Channel.

“However, unless we secure explicit agreement in the negotiations, then throughout transition UK food and drink will be treated by the EU as on a par with existing third country requirements, creating huge logistical challenges and costs. We also need reassurances that the UK will have continued access to the highly valuable free trade deals which the EU has with other countries. These provide manufacturers with essential ingredients which often can’t be sourced here or which we do not have the capacity to produce.”

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