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Retail, Food, Hospitality Brexit round-up 20 October

22 October 2019
Retail, Food, and Hospitality Brexit round-up w/e 20 October. UK/EU withdrawal agreement pending ratification, trade developments, and report on borders preparedness.

Brexit Developments

UK/EU Withdrawal agreement and political declaration agreed pending ratification by UK and EU parliaments: The EU Council agreed the terms of a revised withdrawal agreement and political declaration with the UK on 17th October. PM speech following EU Council meeting >   EU Council Conclusions >  EU Council President >  EU Commission President >  EU Parliament President >

Both the UK and EU have published commentary on the agreement. Withdrawal agreement and political declaration >Northern Ireland protocol >  View >

EU Commission explanatory statement >

The Prime Minister wrote an open letter to businesses about the agreement. View >


Following failure by the UK parliament to vote on the deal on 19th October the Prime Minister has written to the EU as required by the ‘Benn Act’ requesting an extension until the 31st January / until agreement is reached with a second letter stating that in his view a further delay beyond 31st October is not in the interests of the EU or UK. PM speech to House of Commons on EU withdrawal agreement >  PM statement to House of Commons following Letwin amendment vote >  PM letter >  PM letter >

Comment: Food and Drink Federation >


Trade developments: The Department for International Trade has announced that the UK will represent the Channel Islands at the World Trade Organisation. View >

DEFRA has announced agreement with China about the access of British Beef to the Chinese market. View >


Report on Borders preparedness:The National Audit Office has published a report on the state of UK border preparations for a no-deal Brexit on 31st October. View >



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