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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Brexit round-up 17 February

25 February 2019
We know that Brexit is one of the key issues you need to keep abreast of in order to plan for the future of your businesses. This dedicated weekly update will help you stay ahead.

Key take away this week

Another week of turmoil and the end of March is now in touching distance and there is talk of extensions to Article 50, new political parties, more stockpiling and Michael Gove stating that there will be tariffs if there is a no-deal Brexit.  

As 29th March races ever closer, we are still missing much of the law necessary to make Brexit work effectively, though there are 14 pages of draft regulations currently in play to start the processing of 'fixing' the domestic legislation so that it works post Brexit.  Stay tuned next week for our summary of the law so far.

Brexit developments

Prime Minister makes statement to Parliament on backstop negotiations 12th February:

The statement sets out three UK options to avoid a backstop resulting in a permanent hard border on the island of Ireland. View > 


Opposition to prospect of a no deal Brexit:The Scottish Government has issued a press release calling for a no deal Brexit to be immediately ruled out. View >  The Food and Drink Federation and the Federation of Small Businesses have expressed their concern. View > View > View >  The British Chambers of Commerce has said that businesses are being hung out to dry and has demanded answers to a list of 20 questions. View >


Government departments publish sector no deal Brexit guidance for businesses:

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Manufactured goods (View >), Consumer goods (View >),Professional and business services (View >), Electronics, Machinery and parts (View >),Chemicals (View >)

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: 
Data protection law (View >)


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