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Retail, Food, and Hospitality Brexit round-up 9 December

11 December 2018
Brexit Flags
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

With a weekend of positioning for the Tory Party leadership by at least three candidates and the withdrawal agreement vote occurring this week it was always going to be a significant week.  Will it end with a General Election or a further referendum?  We will have to wait.  But already this week we have had the CJEU confirm that the UK can unilaterally withdraw its Article 50 notification.  

Given how unprepared we appear to be and how difficult winning the withdrawal agreement vote appears now to be, the prospects and logic of Article 50 being rescinded now appear greater than ever in order to allow time for issues to be resolved. 


Brexit developments

Trade developments:


  • The UK has submitted goods and services schedules to the World Trade Organisation. View >
  • EU DG Trade has published a full list of trade agreements held by the EU and negotiations in progress. View >
  • The Scottish Government has responded to the UK Government consultation on future trade relationships with US, Australia, NZ, CTATPP. View >

Advocate General opinion on Article 50: The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion in a case brought by members of the Scottish parliament that the UK could unilaterally withdraw its Article 50 application.  View >

The Court of Justice have ruled that the UK can revoke Article 50.  View >

UK no deal planning: The Cabinet Office has published planning assumptions for border operations should the EU proceed with its stated intention to treat the UK as a third country in the case of a no deal Brexit. View >

The Department for Health and Social Care has published a risk assessment for the management of food and animal feed safety. View >

The UK Food Standards Agency Board have discussed FSA Resilience, capacity and capability in case of a no deal Brexit. View >

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued a range of guidance for the health care sector. View >

DEFRA agree export of sheep meat to India. View >

Department for International Trade publish updated trade legislation guide. View >


The global consumer trends that are key to your retail strategy

Surveying 10,000 consumers across 10 international markets, The DWF & Retail Week Global Consumer Report 2019 provides retailers and consumer goods businesses with critical insight into changing sentiment across the world. 

Key themes covered: 

  • How confident are consumers about their economic/political environment?
  • How is their disposable income and buying power impacting their purchasing decisions?
  • What are consumers going to spend their money on? What factors impact their decision making?
  • How are consumers influenced? How do they shop? How do they want things delivered?


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