The UK's new relationship with the EU

This essential resource will help food and drink businesses understand the implications of the UK's new relationship with the EU and ensure you stay informed and up to date with the changes needed.

The UK/EU trade deal came into effect on 1 January 2021. There are many changes for those importing and exporting to and from the EU and also to and from Northern Ireland (as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol).  

This page includes some useful guides to help food and drink companies trade effectively with the EU and Northern Ireland. FDF members have access to a much wider range of resources and policy experts on areas including trade, regulation and workforce.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and the benefits of membership 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.


Food and Drink Federation response to Brexit deal announcement

FDF response to Brexit deal announcement.

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Joint open letter from the Welsh food and drink industry

Representatives of Welsh food and drink producers and manufacturers, including FDF Cymru, have written an open letter to the Prime Minister.

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FDF Scotland signs joint open letter to the Prime Minister – key asks ahead of the end of the transition period

An open letter to the Prime Minister .

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Food and Drink Federation response to Prime Minister's Brexit negotiations update

Response to the Prime Minister's Brexit negotiations update.

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EU Exit Food Hub

This site aims to provide a central source of information for agri-food businesses, drawn from official guidance on what the new arrangements between the UK and EU will mean. It is run by a range of food and drink partner organisations including the FDF.

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FDF UK – EU Member Surveys

FDF carries out regular surveys to better understand the challenges our members are facing on the implications of the UK's new relationship with the EU.

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Report: Rules of origin in an EU-UK FTA

16 March 2018

Report commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (NABIM) from Global Counsel has revealed that the UK's food and drink manufacturing sector could face a hidden 'hard Brexit' once the UK leaves the EU as a result of rules of origin.

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