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Future of UK Dairy Exports Relies on Brexit Negotiations

21 November 2016

UK - The UK dairy industry is ready to fully exploit dairy trade opportunities across the globe and strengthen its position as a global dairy player, said Dairy UK last week.

Speaking at a breakfast seminar with leading politicians, including International Trade Minister Mark Garnier MP, Dairy UK outlined the sector's potential for global growth and the potential consequences of the Brexit negotiations, stressing that exports are a crucial part of developing and strengthening the dairy industry.

Dairy UK set out its vision for the industry in a briefing document for MPs, which demonstrated that the industry's path to global success relies on:

  • Maintaining uninterrupted access to the EU market;
  • Protecting existing trade agreements;
  • Developing new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs);
  • Avoiding border issues on the island of Ireland;
  • Working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for optimal results on health certificates, inspection visits and promotion of the UK brand.

Whilst exiting the European Union will have a profound effect on the industry, taking the correct steps could help the industry become more resilient, competitive and profitable, the organisation said.

Neil Parish MP, Chair of the Efra Select Committee, said: "The Brexit referendum set the country on an unexpected course. The negotiations with the European Union will be complex, however food and drink exports are a crucial part of our economy and we must make sure the Government uses all of its resources to promote and boost trade.

"As a life-long champion of the UK dairy industry, I am anxious to protect its interests. The food and farming sector must make itself heard and I welcome Dairy UK's initiative to showcase the industry's achievements in dairy exports and to highlight what we can and must do to support it in the coming years."

 

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