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Two members of the UK government have resigned in protest over the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement which was unveiled last night.
The United Kingdom will stay part of a ‘Single Customs Union’ with the EU for as long as is necessary post-Brexit to resolve the Irish border question – thus preventing the UK from doing its own Free Trade Agreements with third countries for agricultural and other products for a potentially indefinite period of time after 2020.
EU and UK Brexit negotiators have reached a "technical" agreement over the departure of the country from the bloc which would avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, sources have reported.
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has decided whether it should go for a fast-track deal with the Council on the proposal on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain or spend more time on the controversial regulation.
Next week the Parliament will resume its activities full blast with the Agriculture Committee gathering on Monday (November 5) to hold a public hearing with the Commission and Council on "Models of cooperation to strengthen farmers' position in the food chain - with a particular focus on the dairy sector.
The UK government is unable to offer any guarantees of funding for agricultural or environmental support beyond 2022, Secretary of State for the Environment Michael Gove conceded yesterday (October 31).
The UK food industry fears “gathering storm clouds” as manufacturers face-up to the dual challenges of Brexit in 2019 and a new tax on plastic packaging planned for 2022.
Some 28 months on from the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the EU - and only five months before the UK’s departure is legally finalised - it is remarkable that almost every key aspect of Brexit still remains unresolved.
Maintaining the free flow of goods with the EU would require the UK post Brexit to remain aligned with the EU’s biosecurity policy and legislation, even if it can no longer influence it, a House of Lords committee has recommended.
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