Brexit and Food

Brexit and Food

The UK food industry has been entwined within European Union (EU) regulations over the last four decades. Food quality and standards are underpinned by EU regulations enacted into UK legislation. After leaving the EU, the UK Government and devolved administrations will be responsible for developing and adopting legislation and regulation to replace the current arrangements. Wales’ consumers will want to be reassured that standards will not be negated, and the food industry will seek reassurances over export arrangements with the EU and other international markets.

The food and drink industry is a key part of the Welsh economy, employing more than 240,000 people, generating £16.8 billion of turnover in 2013, and £264 million of exports in 2015. (Source: National Assembly for Wales Research Service ‘The food and drink industry in Wales’¸ 2017)

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