Key take away this week
In the words of the House of Commons Library, the Brexit timetable is: One promise. Two weeks. Three key votes. In a little over 3 weeks we are due to leave the EU, yet the deal (or a revised version), a short extension to Article 50 and exiting with no-deal all are still on the table and could be voted on by Parliament in the next two weeks. Things remain hideously unclear.
Last week we provided a link to some of the relevant draft legislation that will need to be in force in order for things to legally work after Brexit. The sheer scale of the work is huge and there is much remaining to be completed, though the time available is tight.
While it is still hard to predict what the end of the month's outcome will be, it remains wise to be hedged and expecting disruption and as prepared as possible for all scenarios.
The number of guidance notes being published now is substantial. While on the one hand this is a positive trend, it is really too late in the process. Read on to find out more about the guidance offered for those who operate in the food, retail and hospitality sectors.
No.10 publish transcripts of Prime Minister's Brexit speeches:at Sharm-el-Sheikh 25th Feb and House of Commons Statement 26th February. View > View > British Chambers of Commerce > View > Confederation of British Industry > Food and Drink Federation >
DEXEU publish statement on the implications for businesses of a no deal Brexit: The fifteen-page analysis highlights that despite communications from the Government, there is little evidence that businesses are preparing in earnest for a no deal scenario, and evidence indicates that readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular is low. View >
HMRC publish step by step guide for businesses on preparation for a no deal Brexit: HMRC have highlighted that 83% of businesses that wish to trade with Europe following a no deal Brexit have not obtained the required Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number or taken other steps required. View >
DIT set out policy on retention of trade protection measures and approach to developing trade deals following Brexit: View > View > View >
Information on what US food businesses would like to see in a US/UK Trade agreement: Food Pressure group Sustain has published details of discussions between US businesses and the US Food and Drugs Administration. View >
Response to consultation on nutrition amendment EU exit regulations published: The Department of Health and Social Care has published a response to its consultation deciding to transpose EU requirements unchanged for the time being. View >
Food 2019: Labour Supply
Our new article discusses labour supply post-Brexit and steps employers should be taking now to avoid a labour shortfall. 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 >