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Committee hear from key sectors of UK economy on impact of no-deal departure

11 June 2019

On Wednesday 12th June, the Committee on Exiting the European Union begins a series of sessions examining the impact of a no-deal departure on key sectors of the UK economy. It’s part of the Committee’s over-arching inquiry examining the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.

Background

In its twelfth report, published in January, the Committee emphasised that a no-deal departure has remained the legal default since the UK triggered Article 50 in March 2017, but found that Government preparations for such a scenario have been inconsistent in nature. The agreement of an extension to the Article 50 process until 31 October does not alter the legal situation.

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will hear from representatives of goods manufacturers, the UK automotive industry, and the food and farming sectors about what a no-deal scenario would mean for their businesses. The Committee is expected to focus on what impact the agreement of an extension has had on their sectors, what a no-deal scenario would look like in practice, and how the continuing uncertainty has affected their ability to plan for the various possible outcomes. The Committee will also assess the quality of preparations made ahead of the initial March 29 deadline and the lessons learned as we approach the 31 October deadline.

Witnesses

Wednesday 12 June 2019, The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

From 9.15am

  • Seamus Nevin, Chief Economist, Make UK
  • Nick von Westenholz, Director of EU exit and International Trade, National Farmers' Union
  • Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer, Food And Drink Federation
  • Sydney Nash, Senior Policy Manager, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Further information

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