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EU industry association FoodDrinkEurope says that it is “particularly concerned” that the UK White Paper on Brexit “makes no explicit reference to UK participation in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).”
Petitioners are urging the European Commission to undertake actions in five key areas in order to eliminate food insecurity among the most vulnerable EU citizens.
Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
The UK’s largest dairy, Arla, has said any non-tariff barriers to trade and labour shortages will make it more difficult to import dairy products from Europe after Brexit, and could lead to shortages of certain foods.
The food and farming industries have welcomed the content of the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper, which sets out plans for a UK-EU free trade area abiding by a “common rulebook” and without a hard border with Northern Ireland.
A White Paper detailing what sort of relationship the UK government wants with the EU following the country’s departure from the Bloc next March has now been published. The White Paper looks to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland, which has been a major concern of the food and agriculture industries, and maintain cooperation with EU regulators to ensure continuing food safety.
The long-awaited Brexit blueprint put forward by the UK government at a key meeting of senior ministers last Friday (July 7) offers the prospect of something very close to business as usual for agri-food trade between the UK, the EU and the rest of the world – if it proves to be acceptable to the EU-27.
UK Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the UK government due to his disagreement with the ‘common rule book’ policy to negotiations with the EU agreed by the Cabinet on Friday (July 6). His resignation was followed hours later by that of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
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