As we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, we must once again refocus on our preparations for the end of the transition period.
Since 1st February 2020, following its official withdrawal from the EU the UK became a ‘third country’. The Withdrawal Agreement provided for a transition period ending on 31st December 2020. Until that date, the UK remains bound by EU law.
During the transition period, the UK and EU have been negotiating a new partnership agreement.
However, it is still not certain whether such an agreement will be concluded nor, unfortunately, the exact detail in many areas impacting the food and drink industry such as labelling easements and any derogations. However, you can find more information about the transition period and what actions you can take now to ensure you are prepared at https://www.gov.uk/transition.
The EU Commission is also reviewing, and where necessary updating, the over 100 sector-specific stakeholder preparedness notices it published during the Article 50 negotiations with the UK. This includes notices covering areas such as Food Law and Excise Duties.
BFFF along with our Primary Authority and a number of other trade bodies have been pushing for further clarity during our regular meetings with the likes of Defra and the FSA and they are working hard to get us the answers you all need. As soon as we know more, we will ensure you are updated. Please make sure you regularly check the BFFF Brexit Hub for the very latest information.
Also, please don’t forget to register for our next Live Webinar on 15th July at 14:00 where James Walton from IGD will be giving us an up to date view on Brexit negotiations.
And finally, we would love to hear from you….
- How ‘Brexit prepared’ do you feel your business is?
- What are your main areas of concern?