Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Brexit: Trade in food inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Scope of the inquiry

The Committee wishes to examine how a potential trade deal could affect farmers, food processors and consumers.

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"The food and farming sector is a key part of the UK economy, contributing some £108 billion annually and employing around 3.9 million people. The country’s half a million farmers produce 60% of the food eaten in the UK and manage some 70% of the land area.

It is vital that future trade arrangements allow farmers and food processors to compete effectively. We welcome views on the steps that the Government and agri-food sector need to take to enable farmers and processors to sell more of their produce at home and abroad.  We also want to hear views on how trade policies can best allow UK consumers access to affordable, good quality food after Brexit."

Latest evidence

  • 06 Dec 2017 - Brexit: Trade in food - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF393 KB) HC 348 | Published 13 Dec 2017

    Evidence given by Tim Martin, Chairman, J D Wetherspoon, Sue Davies, Strategic Policy Adviser, Which?, and Kath Dalmeny, Chief Executive, Sustain; David Thomson, CEO FDF Scotland, Food and Drink Federation, and Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability, British Retail Consortium (at 3.45pm).

  • 29 Nov 2017 - Brexit: Trade in food - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF365 KB) HC 348 | Published 30 Nov 2017

    Evidence given by Michael Oakes, Chairman, NFU Dairy Board, Paul Vernon, Chair, Dairy UK, Nick Whelan, Group Chief Executive, Dale Farm, and Ash Amirahmadi, Senior Vice President of Sales, Arla Foods UK; Edward Barker, Senior Policy Adviser, National Pig Association, Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive, British Poultry Council, Peter Allan, General Manager, Cargill Meats Europe, and Andrew Saunders, Agriculture Director, Tulip Ltd. (at 3.45pm).

Next meeting(s)

20 December 2017 10:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Brexit: Trade in food
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George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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