An essential resource for members to help you plan for the future and to ensure sure you stay ahead.

This site provides a central source of information for agri-food business on what will happen after the transition period comes to an end. It is run by a range of food and drink partner organisations including FDF.

FDF End of Transition Business Readiness Member Surveys

FDF carries out regular surveys to better understand our members' readiness for the end of the transition period and the challenges they are facing.

View the results:
September 2020
October 2020

EU Exit

This essential resource will help food and drink businesses plan for the UK's future relationship with the EU and ensure you stay ahead.

The UK left the European Union on 31 January. We are now in a transition period until 31 December 2020 while our future partnership with the EU is negotiated. EU rules will continue to apply during the transition period, trading arrangements with the EU will continue on the same terms as they do now and, for the purposes of labelling, the UK will be considered as part of the EU.

FDF has produced a range of resources to help guide companies through the complexities as the UK's future relationship with the EU is agreed. This is regularly updated.

If you would like to enquire about how you could obtain access to the guidance outlined below, please contact the FDF Membership team.


Our resources include:

NEW: FDF's 171 questions for the UK Government on our future relationship with the EU - includes answers from Defra and will be updated as we receive updates.

  • FDF and Squire Patton Boggs webinar: EU Settlement Scheme
  • UK Government EU Settlement Scheme: employer toolkit
  • The UK's points-based immigration system: UK Government policy statement

  • Updated Defra, European Commission, FSA and Food Standards Scotland guidance
  • Food Law and Labelling
  • Health and Identification Marks for Products of Animal Origin
  • Protecting food and drink names
  • Phytosanitary Controls
  • Chemical Authorisations
  • Potential post-transition trade models

FDF coordinates a wide range of committees which discuss Brexit-related issues, including:

  • FDF EU Exit Committee
  • Food Safety and Scientific Steering Group
  • Immigration Policy Group
  • Customs Working Group
  • Trade Association Roundtable

For more information about how you can join any of these committees, please contact the FDF Membership team.


The Food and Drink Federation seeks to ensure that information and guidance it provides are correct but accepts no liability in respect thereof. Such information and guidance are not substitutes for specific legal or other professional advice.

Last reviewed: 27 Nov 2020