Key take away this week
We have recently seen confirmation that MPs will have a fresh vote on Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal by 12 March. This could take place just over two weeks ahead of the pre determined leaving date of 29 March.
There has also been discussion that Brexit could be delayed until 2021, allowing the UK and the EU to agree on a more conclusive arrangement. However, some sources predict that the UK will still leave the EU on the specified date with no deal.
With multiple scenarios in discussion, we seem to be no closer to knowing what the future will hold regarding when we will leave the EU and what position this will place us in for the future.
Current Brexit draft legislation: The current laws proposed for Brexit which will have an impact on those in the retail, food and hospitality sectors. View >
Prime Minister and EU President Juncker publish joint statement: An identical statement with no elaboration was published by the Prime Ministers' Office and the EU Commission following a meeting between Prime Minister May and EU President Juncker on 20th February to discuss potential changes to the draft withdrawal agreement. View > View >
DIT update on progress on ‘Continuity agreements’: The Department for International Trade has published an update on its attempts to carry over EU 3rd country trade deals in case of a no deal Brexit. View > Business organisations have expressed concern. British Chambers of Commerce > Confederation of British Industry >
Food 2019: International instability
From Brexit, to trade wars between America and China, the global landscape and its impact on supply chain continues to experience tension. Find out more >
Scottish Food & Drink event
Join the specialists at DWF and Zero Waste Scotland for a discussion on the key themes, including Brexit, new technology and the circular economy, for the food and drink sector this year. Edinburgh, 21 March. Register here >