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10 May 2018

FDF response to House of Lords European Union Committee paper on Brexit: food prices and availability

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FDF Chief Executive Ian Wright CBE said:

“The report from the House of Lords EU Committee highlights how essential it is for Government to prioritise the interests of the UK's flourishing food and drink industry in the Brexit negotiations.

“As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink has prospered from frictionless access to European markets for valuable imports and exports. As the report confirms, any increased friction at borders will prove costly for the entire supply chain and cause short-term disruption for businesses, consumers and shoppers. The Committee is right to highlight the urgency of securing continued market access for UK food and drink firms to those countries with which the EU has a free trade agreement, home to one in 10 of our exports.

“The committee's call for a comprehensive food security policy is encouraging, but as correctly suggested there is still a serious gap between Government confidence and industry concerns.

“While the proposed transition period provides businesses with some certainty, it is certainly briefer than we believe would be optimum. Government must keep the readiness of both industry and systems under review. Time is running short and Government must offer clarity and realism to businesses on future customs arrangements and the Irish border.”

Contact Ted Woodward, Corporate Affairs Division, at:, or +44 (0) 20 7420 7140.

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