Evidence from food and drink manufacturers warns of dangers of 'no deal'

12 December 2017

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee publishes the evidence submissions for the Brexit and the implications for UK business: processed food and drink inquiry.

Prospect of increased food and drink prices

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said: 

"We are looking at the impact of Brexit on the processed food and drink sector, a hugely successful sector in the UK which faces big challenges post-Brexit, with concerns about issues such as tariffs, staffing, and market access.

The food and drink sector contributes billions to our economy, employing large numbers of people across the UK.  The written evidence we've received from processed food and drink manufacturers warns of the dangers of 'no deal', of an industry operating under WTO rules with the prospect of increased food and drink prices for British consumers.

We will want to explore these issues and examine the potential impact of Brexit in areas such as regulation, labour, and import and export tariffs. We want to explore the Brexit negotiation priorities for our food and drink sector and press the industry on how we can build on the strengths of current arrangements, both for the benefit of the UK and the EU."

The Committee has received written evidence submissions (PDF PDF 805 KB) (16 in total) from the following: ALMR, British Beer and Pub Association, British Specialist Nutrition Association, Confederation of Paper Industries, Council for Responsible Nutrition UK, Defra, Ferrero UK, Food and Drink Federation, GMB, PAGB, Rich Energy, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Textile Services Association, Unite the Union, Usdaw, Wine and Spirit Trade Association. 

The submissions have been published ahead of a public evidence session when the Committee will be questioning Tim Martin, Chairman, JD Wetherspoon, and witnesses from trade bodies (the Food and Drink Federation, the Association of Licenced Multiple Retailers, the Provision Trade Federation) and businesses (Nestle, Diageo).

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