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Retail, Food & Hospitality Brexit Update W/E 13th September

17 September 2020
Retail, Food & Hospitality Brexit Update W/E 13th September. No evidence of progress in 8th round of EU/UK future partnership negotiations.

Brexit Developments

No evidence of progress in 8th round of EU/UK future partnership negotiations: Despite the Prime Ministers statement ahead of the meeting that agreement would need to be reached by the 15 October EU Council meeting, little progress appears to have been made. Of major concern to the food sector EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier in his statement following the talks stated "There are many uncertainties about Great Britain's sanitary and phyto-sanitary regime as from 1 January 2021. Clarity is needed for the EU to do the assessment for the third-country listing of the UK". The Welsh government has called for a constructive approach to negotiations and set out in detail what it believes the UK negotiating positions should be. The British Retail Consortium and Food and Drink Federation have set out their views on the potential impact of a no deal on food supplies and the organic sector. View > View > View > View > View > BRC > FDF >    

UK Internal Market Bill published:
Following consultation, the UK government has introduced a Bill aiming to protect the continued functioning of the UK internal market avoiding barriers to trade arising from differing requirements being imposed across the UK. The government has published its legal advice that certain clauses of the Bill breach the international treaty obligations of the UK as set out in the EU Withdrawal agreement but has emphasised the overriding sovereignty of parliament. The EU Commission has called for the relevant provisions to be withdrawn and threatened legal action. The Scottish government has said it is impossible to recommend the Scottish Parliament gives consent to the UK Government’s Internal Market bill as constitutional rules require under Sewell convention. In a meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September, Michael Gove made clear the UK government position to the EU that the Bill would continue as planned. View > View > View >  View > View > View > View > View > View > View >


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