A no-deal Brexit - a disorderly departure from the EU - could have significant impacts on British farm businesses. NFU President Minette Batters continues to stress to government that this should be avoided and that an orderly departure is crucial to delivering the best outcome for British food production. Nevertheless, no deal is a possibility and the NFU believes it is important that all members familiarise themselves with the potential consequences for their businesses and practical steps they may take now to mitigate any impacts.
Speaking as the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson was announced, NFU President Minette Batters said:
“To achieve the best outcome from Brexit, we need to leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way. A deal with the EU is crucial to maintaining free trade with our closest neighbours and largest trading partners, as well as access to people that want to come to the UK to work on farms.
“We need to see policies that allow farm businesses to innovate, that help farmers rise to the challenge of tackling climate change, that enable farms access to the workers that pick, pack and grade our fruit, veg and flowers, and crucially an Agriculture Bill that is fit for purpose for the rising challenges of food production."
Click on the images below to see how your sector could be affected by a no-deal Brexit, what you can do to prepare and what the NFU is asking government to do in the event we do leave the EU without a deal:
The NFU's Brexit Toolbox will aid you in setting out the situation and practical advice on preparing for both types of Brexit. This information is available to NFU members only. You will be asked to log in.
This resource answers questions around the process for leaving the EU, the current situation with tariffs, the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration.
The UK government has published its applied tariff schedule in the event of leaving the EU without a deal. This schedule will only take effect if a no deal situation is realised meaning that we have no transition period with the EU. This infographic highlights why no deal tariffs are a bad deal for UK farmers.
The UK government has been preparing a wealth of detailed guidance for individuals and businesses if the UK leaves the EU with no Brexit deal. The NFU's EU exit team has provided a list of all technical notices that are relevant to NFU members' farming businesses, with topics including farm payments, labour and trade, to name a few.