British Meat Processors Association
British Meat Processors Association

UK Meat industry view on the EU Withdrawal Bill

The BMPA has consistently campaigned for frictionless trade with the EU and a longer transition period post Brexit. On the face of it this withdrawal bill delivers against those criteria. 

However, there is still much uncertainty causing concern for consumers, retailers and the meat industry alike, not least the possibility that the Bill will be rejected by Parliament and a no-deal Brexit triggered.

Crashing out with no deal would risk higher prices and reduced availability of many food products. We must end up with a withdrawal agreement that can protect frictionless, tariff-free trade throughout the subsequent transition period.

In addition we still have concerns about the migrant labour situation. Whilst it is accepted that free movement of people from the EU is coming to an end, if Government over-restricts EEA migration we will see a negative impact on businesses and consumers.

A new immigration system must enable efficient and straightforward recruitment across all skill levels. If this doesn’t happen the cost of recruitment will rise and this will translate into a rise in the everyday cost of living.

On the whole there seem to be some good pragmatic solutions in the bill, given the complexities of the negotiations, which will give food businesses some security and confidence, and at the same time mean that the consumer has access to affordable and sustainable food. The question is whether this withdrawal Bill will be accepted. If not, we should prepare for the harsh realities of a no-deal scenario.

About BMPA

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is the leading trade association for the meat and meat products industry in the UK.

Topics

Latest

Union Jack flag behind a wire fence

Protecting a fragile trade by protecting standards

A key objective of Brexit is to pursue an independent...

Boxes ready for delivery

British firms don’t currently export to Europe, they simply deliver

The UK has been working under a fundamental illusion for...

Sausages in plastic containers

Unwrapping the Plastic Packaging Debate

Despite a public outcry following Blue Planet 2 in 2017,...

Nick Allen and Tom Kirwan giving evidence at the EFRA Committee

EFRA Committee challenges industry on beef prices

Last week’s EFRA Committee meeting provided a good opportunity to...

A cautionary article about the unintended consequences of our lifestyle choices. If we want to tackle climate change, we need to be armed with the facts first. We're presenting them at Rethink on 17 March. https://rethinkforums.org/

An example of how some journalists/activists work. Anna quotes George Monbiot as saying: 'It’s an idealised position. I know we won’t get things to change as far as that...I then make it easier for others to find the political space in which change can take place'. Common ground?

The speakers at #RethinkForum all have a desire to find solutions to the climate crisis that won’t have unintended consequences worse than the original problem. It’s important that the full scientific picture is presented. https://rethinkforums.org/