Key take away this week
This week has seen news that business are starting to put contingencies into place. Dyson's headquarters move to Singapore, P&O registering vessels away from the UK and many more businesses besides are starting to hedge bets. Politically however things do not appear to be getting any better or any clearer. At present we do not appear to have any viable Plan B. This is clearly a concern and in the event that we do have a no deal scenario then we are hearing that it is realistic that the food supply chain will change substantially if the disruption period is any more than a month. And, sadly that is likely.
To avoid that disruption it is likely that ingredient substitution will be necessary and that could very well mean that what is in the product may differ from what is on the pack. We are told that there may be pragmatism by central government in relation to this, but will that reach enforcers on the ground?
With news of another retailer starting to stockpile, and comparisons of getting through the period of World War II being more frequently made, are we really, as one leading food industry figure pondered yesterday, back to trying to stock up on tea, tins and toilet tissue?
Meaningful vote: Despite the Prime Minister's statement to the House and Stoke on Trent Speeches and publication of correspondence with the EU and Attorney General statement re the Northern Ireland protocol, the proposed withdrawal agreement and political declaration on a future economic partnership were rejected by the House of Commons. The Prime Minister made the following statements to parliament and outside 10 Downing Street: View > & View >. Business organisations commented as follows: British Chambers of Commerce > Confederation of British Industry > Federation of small businesses > Food and Drink Federation >
UK Government no deal exit guidance: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance on the protection of trade marks and designs: View >
UK Continuity regulations: Regulations to amend UK rules to take account of Brexit;
- Nutrition amendment regulations View >
- Metrology, Health and Safety, Product safety View >
- Waste View >
- Veterinary medicines and residues View >