Exiting the EU

This toolkit contains a selection of information on the UK's future relationship with the EU for UK food and drink manufacturers. We will continue to add to these pages as Government's post-referendum plans become clearer.

The UK's EU Referendum

On Thursday 23 June 2016 the UK voted in a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU, with 51.9% voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU.

FDF Director General Ian Wright CBE responded to the vote to leave in the UK's EU Referendum. Ian saying:
"In March we released the results of a poll of our members which showed 70% support for Britain to remain in the EU. It's inevitable in light of those results that the majority of FDF members will regard this as a disappointing result for the food and drink industry.

"Now FDF will work on behalf of our members and all those across our industry to find a way through this very challenging period that we face. We'll focus on working with the Government to understand what this means for trading, market access and regulation to secure the best outcome for British food and drink manufacturing business and their customers."

Food and Drink Industry Round Table

The Food and Drink Industry Round Table is a group of 45 trade associations representing the food and drink supply chain. The group meets at FDF on a monthly basis to discuss matters of shared concern on exiting the EU with senior Government officials and, where appropriate, to develop shared positions relating to the needs of the largest manufacturing sector in the UK as it seeks a new relationship with the EU.

EU referendum toolkit index

Last reviewed: 21 Nov 2017