Post-Brexit: UK Food and Drink Trade Policy

Organisations from across the UK food and drink supply chain have launched a new policy paper outlining common themes the Government should use to develop future trade policy, as negotiations between the UK and other nations begin.

The paper has been developed by the cross-sectoral Food and Drink Industry Brexit Roundtable, convened by FDF, and the separate Arable and Livestock stakeholder groups advising Defra. The Brexit Arable Group is chaired by Alex Waugh, Director General of nabim. The group’s views focus on how the agri-food industry can take advantage of the opportunities created by leaving the EU.

Their ambition is for a future UK trade policy which will drive growth, promote efficient and sustainable food production and stimulate innovation, while providing consumers and shoppers with even greater choice and better value.

The key recommendations outlined within the paper focus on trade policy priorities, principles, and the process of trade policy development. The recommendations include:

  • Accommodating Rules of Origin and ensuring they are tailored to meet the needs of the industry;
  • Giving business time to adapt to changes in competitive positioning arising from the creation of new trade agreements;
  • Thought being given to the benefits and costs of choosing to move away from existing regulatory technical standards;
  • Encouraging job creation and value addition in every region of the UK by prioritising agri-food; 
  • Retaining the UK’s ability to deliver high standards at competitive consumer prices; and
  • Encouraging sustainable food production, while diminishing environmental impacts.

You can download a copy of this paper on the right-hand side of this page.


Alex Waugh, Chair, Brexit Arable Group, and Director General, nabim

“Food and drink businesses operate throughout the UK, creating jobs and income for people in every constituency. That is why we want to work with Government to ensure that we have the right policies to make a success of the UK's independent status, maintain our high food standards, improve our ability to deliver sustainably produced food at competitive prices and ensure these benefits are felt throughout the country."