A new UK-EU relationship

Priorities for the food and drink manufacturing industry

This manifesto sets out our industry's priorities for a new relationship between the UK and the EU in response to the vote to leave in the referendum on 23 June 2016. A poll of our members in March 2016 showed that more than 70% favoured Britain remaining in the EU. With the decision to leave, Government must now set out a clear agenda for the development of a new relationship with the EU and ensure the Civil Service is appropriately resourced to deal in the short-term with the renegotiation and in the long-term with legislative impacts of a shifted burden of regulation.

Government has recognised the strategic importance of our industry, including food as part of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure, as well its vital economic contribution as the UK's largest manufacturing sector. Now more than ever, we need Government's support and we believe that it should be treated as a priority sector, as it has been in Scotland for years. Government and industry must now work together to develop a new vision to support the success of UK food and drink that focuses on four key priorities:

  1. Our workforce
  2. International trade
  3. Regulatory stability
  4. Domestic support

FDF will work with the new Government and others to deploy our policy expertise and political intelligence to ensure the best possible trading and regulatory environment is put in place to support growth and jobs in the UK's food and drink industry. We will work with our members and the wider industry as we continue to develop the vision set out in this document, as well as with Government as they begin to map out a new relationship between the UK and the EU.