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Retail Food and Hospitality Brexit round-up 21 October

24 October 2018

Another week and Brexit has shift again.  This week it looks like some progress has been made on the Withdrawal Agreement – a 10% uptick in completion to 95% from the 85% number that had been used for the last 10 months and an extended transition looks much more likely to be a reality. That must be good news.

However, the bad news is that the remaining 5% is the Irish Border.  There is no easy solution - yesterday the Prime Minister confirmed that the UK was proposing a temporary UK-EU Customs territory if the transition period cannot be extended but even this causes issues in relation to the NI position.

Much is still to be done before we have the clarity that we need for our collective future.

Brexit Developments


EU report on progress of bilateral EU trade negotiations:The EU Directorate General for Trade have reported on the final deal with Vietnam for consideration and on second round negotiations with New Zealand. View >

UK Technical notes in case of no deal Brexit:The Department for International Development has published a technical note stating the intention of the UK to carry over existing EU free trade agreements with 3rd countries post Brexit in the case of a no deal Brexit. View >

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published a technical notice on meeting climate change requirements in case of a no deal Brexit. View >

DEXEU Publish structure chart: View >


Upcoming DWF events

How to make your business viable during Brexit transition: An event geared towards European businesses operating within the UK's food & drink industry in conjunction with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the UK: Manchester, 24 October 2018. Find out more >


Food Brexit Conference: Catch DWF's Dominic Watkins and Hilary Ross speaking at this conference providing the food & beverage industry with a platform to share strategy, insight and knowledge, to deal with the challenges of Britain’s exit from the EU: London, 1 November 2018. Find out more >

Further Reading