Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Brexit: Trade in food inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Report to be published on 18 February 2018.

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

  • 20 Dec 2017 - Brexit: Trade in food - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF306 KB) HC 348 | Published 21 Dec 2017

    Evidence given by Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

  • 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).

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