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Essentially Catering Magazine - September 2017

        Industry News

           “UK food and farming is world leading. The products, services and brands we export around the globe showcase
        our reputation for quality and provenance. The opportunities for our industry are huge. But uncertainty around the
        shape of our exit from the EU, the future of our domestic farming and fisheries production, and a looming skills and
        workforce shortage threaten the viability of our businesses.
           “Our trading ties with the EU are deeply interwoven, in respect of both imports and exports. So too are the
        regulatory frameworks in which we operate. These complex relationships must be handled with patience and
        care. Abrupt change would have enormous consequences for our industry, its employees and for the choice and
        availability of food in this country.

           “We have come together from our diverse industries to
           agree 10 priorities for the negotiations. By working in
           partnership we can protect the UK’s food security and
           deliver the jobs and growth the UK needs to thrive.
           “We offer you our expertise to deliver these
           10 key outcomes:
           1.   Avoid any ‘cliff edge’ by securing an adequate interim
              and transitional period to help us prepare for a new
              relationship with the EU.                       8.   Turbocharge exports support to help smaller
           2.   Quickly negotiate the right to remain for our valued   food and drink firms take advantage of new
              EU workforce and their families.                   opportunities so that we can grow our share
                                                                 of global trade.
           3.   Recognise the unique nature of our relationship with
              Ireland by agreeing a series of special solutions on   9.   Provide a competitive supply base and
              workforce, regulation and borders.                 ensure reforms to UK farm support - and to
                                                                 fisheries management - take full account
           4.   Deliver continued zero-tariff and frictionless trade   of the needs of the rural and coastal
              across borders in both directions to give consumers   communities, planning and investment
              the choice they expect, at a price they can afford.
           5.   Maintain consumer confidence in UK food safety and   10.  Maintain the UK as the destination of choice
              authenticity through a stable, equivalent regulatory   for multi-national food and drink firms and
              framework to ensure seamless trade.
                                                                 encourage inward investment to benefit our
           6.   Work with us to develop home-grown talent and    local communities.
              consult us fully over the needs of industry ahead of   We believe these are all deliverable by a
              any new migration scheme.                       Government and Parliament committed to
           7.   Support our ambition for an industrial strategy sector   securing the best possible outcome from
              deal to harness our industry’s growth potential and   Brexit. We urge you to work with us as the
              improve productivity.                           negotiations proceed.”

        Signatories represented: Food and Drink Federation, British Meat Processors Association, Northern Ireland Food and
        Drink Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition UK, Federation of Wholesale Distributors, Seed Crushers and
        Oil Processors Association, Association of Labour Providers, Seasoning & Spice Association, UK Tea and Infusions
        Association, British Poultry Council, Potato Processors’ Association, Snack, Nut and Crisp Manufacturers Association,
        British Frozen Food Federation, Confederation of Paper Industries, British Hospitality Association, Health Food
        Manufacturers’ Association, Provision Trade Federation, British Oats and Barley Millers Association, International
        Meat Processors Association, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, British Specialist Nutrition Association,
        Federation of Bakers, The Packaging Federation, British Beer & Pub Association, Proprietary Association of Great
        Britain, National Association of Cider Makers, National Association of British and Irish Flour Miller

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