The government is publishing a series of technical notices setting out what will happen in the event the UK leaves the EU without reaching a deal, and providing guidance for individuals and businesses.
The NFU's policy experts are examining each of the notices that relate to the food and farming sector in order to provide members with insight into what this would mean and what the NFU is doing in response.
Click on the link below to jump to the relevant notice:
- UK government's preparations for a no-deal scenario - this provides an overview putting the rest of the technical notices in context, explaining the current progress in negotiations
Domestic Agricultural Policy (DAP):
- Receiving rural development funding if there's no Brexit deal
- Farm payments if there's no Brexit deal
- Trading with the EU if there's no Brexit deal
- Trade remedies if there's no Brexit deal
- Classifying your goods in the UK Trade Tariff if there’s no Brexit deal
- Exporting animals and animal products if there's no Brexit deal
- Importing high-risk food and animal feed if there's no Brexit deal
- Exporting GM food and animal feed products if there's no Brexit deal
- Existing free trade agreements if there's no Brexit deal
- Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there's no withdrawal deal
- Developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) if there’s no Brexit deal
- VAT for businesses if there's no Brexit deal
- State aid if there's no Brexit deal
- Driving in the UK if there's no Brexit deal
- Travelling with a European Firearms Pass if there's no Brexit deal
- Vehicle type approval if there's no Brexit deal
- Funding for UK LIFE projects if there's no Brexit deal
- Upholding environmental standards if there’s no Brexit deal
- Merger review and anti-competitive activity if there's no Brexit deal
- Civil legal cases involving EU countries if there's no Brexit deal
- Industrial emissions standards ('best available techniques') if there's no Brexit deal
- Generating low-carbon electricity if there's no Brexit deal
- Regulating chemicals (REACH) if there's no Brexit deal
- Registration of veterinary medicines if there’s no Brexit deal
- Commercial haulage in the EU if there is no Brexit deal – Driver CPC
- Travelling to the EU with a UK passport if there is no Brexit deal
- Commercial haulage in the EU if there is no Brexit deal – trailer registration
- Commercial haulage in the EU if there is no Brexit deal – International Operator Licenses
- Manufacturing and marketing fertilisers if there’s no Brexit deal
- Regulating biocidal products if there's no Brexit deal
- Business structures if there's no Brexit deal
- Providing services including those of a qualified professional if there's no Brexit deal
Regulation and trade:
- Producing and processing organic food if there's no Brexit deal
- Producing food products protected by a ‘geographical indication’ if there’s no Brexit deal
- Producing and labelling food if there’s no Brexit deal
- Accessing animal medicine IT systems if there's no Brexit deal
- Health marks on meat and dairy products if there's no Brexit deal
- Classifying, labelling and packaging chemicals if there's no Brexit deal
- Regulating pesticides if there's no Brexit deal
- Plant Variety rights and marketing of seed and propagating material if there is no Brexit deal
The government will be publishing more notices over the coming weeks - further analysis will be added here in due course.
A no-deal exit would be the worst possible outcome for the UK farming industry. It will generate costs, delays, increased bureaucracy and in the worst cases an effective export ban of our products going to the EU.
The UK's trading relationship with the EU is worth £45.5bn. It is the UK food and drink sector’s largest export market with more than 60% of what we export going to EU countries.
Leaving the EU with no deal in place for the future UK/EU trading relationship would mean that we fall back on the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for trade. Click here for an article from the NFU's EU exit and international trade team investigating what this would mean for farmers and businesses involved in international trading.
It's as crucial now as ever to make sure your voice is heard. Invite your local MP to your farm to discuss the challenges you're facing and how a no-deal Brexit would affect your business. Your local NFU office can help you set up a meeting.
In a speech outlining the government's position on planning for a no deal and announcing the first notices, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, emphasised that negotiating a good deal for Britain remains the top priority.
The NFU responded to the initial announcement by reiterating the importance of free and frictionless trade with the EU and calling for clarity on trade of all agri-food products post-Brexit following the publication of a notice suggesting that approval of UK organic certification bodies by the EU Commission could take up to nine months.
NFU President Minette Batters said:
“The absolute priority for the NFU continues to be that we maintain free and frictionless trade with the EU. We look to government to clarify the vital issue of trading with the EU for the farming sector in the remaining technical notices due to be released.
“While we believe that a deal is the most likely outcome to the ongoing negotiations between the EU and UK, we urge both sides to find pragmatic solutions to the issues still outstanding between them. A no-deal outcome would be the worst possible one for the farming industry.”
Click on the links below for more information on each notice
This analysis is for NFU members only and you will be asked to log in. (If you don't know your log in details, contact CallFirst on 0370 845 8458.)
Find out more about why the government has prepared these technical notices and the government’s overarching approach to preparing the UK for this outcome in order to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth and orderly exit in all scenarios.
Find out how trade with EU countries might change if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’ on 29 March 2019.
Find out how a no-deal exit would affect anyone who grows, processes, imports or exports products labelled as organic. This applies to products including food, animal feed and livestock marketed as 'organic'.
This notice sets out how leaving the EU without a deal would affect farmers, land managers, rural businesses and others across the UK who receive payments under the EU Rural Development Programmes.
Find out about workplace rights in a no-deal scenario. These rights include legislation covering health and safety in the workplace and the Working Time Directive.
Find out how GMOs would be regulated, covering GM crops grown in trials or commercially, GM products marketed in the UK and export of GMOs from the UK.
A new arm's length body, the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), will investigate complaints of unfair trading practices and unforeseen surges in imports if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Find out how CAP payments (like BPS and agri-environmental schemes) would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a Brexit deal.
Find out how VAT for businesses would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a Brexit deal.
Find out how state aid would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a Brexit deal.
If the UK leaves the EU with “no deal” then goods traded between the two parties will be subject to the same requirements as goods from any other third country, including the payment of any relevant duty.
In the event of a no deal a UK driving licence may no longer be automatically valid on its own in another EU member state and additional documentation in the form of an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be required.
The European Firearms Pass (EFP) is a form of passport for firearms and allows travel with firearms between EU countries. It has greatly eased the process of travelling with these across Europe. In the event of a no deal, the EFP will no longer work for EU visitors to the UK and UK visitors to the EU.
Vehicle and component manufacturers must show that they comply with safety and environmental standards before a product can go on the market for sale. This process is called type approval.
Find out how UK organisations receiving funding under the EU LIFE programme, an EU fund supporting environmental, nature and climate action research projects, would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
The notice states that the UK government is committed to maintaining environmental standards after we leave the EU and sets out how it intends to do this. Read this notice to find out how this could affect your farming business.
This notice describes anti-competitive activity - laws against cartels and the abuse of a dominant market position.
This notice covers what will happen in civil legal cases that involve other EU countries after Brexit.
Find out how 'best available techniques' (BAT) used by pig and poultry farms operating with an Environment Agency permit would be affected if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
This 'no deal' technical note relates to the recognition and certification of low-carbon electricity. Find out what the notice means for you and your farming business.
Find out how businesses or individuals that export animals or animal products (meat, dairy products, eggs, etc) to EU countries would be affected if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal in place.
Find out what happens to Geographical Indicators if the UK leaves the EU.
Find out about regulations and provisions for food labelling if the UK leaves the EU.
Find out how businesses producing, registering, importing or exporting chemicals would be affected if the UK leaves the EU
Read about what will be put in place regarding UK veterinary medicines and regulatory activities if there's no Brexit deal.
Find out about batch testing and authorisation for the registration of veterinary medicines if there’s no Brexit deal.
Find out about commercial haulage and the current driver CPC scheme in the event of a no Brexit deal.
Find out about the rules and regulations surrounding EU travel with a UK passport if there’s no Brexit deal
Read about registration requirements for UK based trailers travelling to other EU states if there is no Brexit deal.
Learn what happens to Standard International Operator Licenses and Community Licences if there is no Brexit deal.
Read about the regulations on how fertiliser will be manufactured and marketed if there's a no Brexit deal.
Read about the regulations for health or identification marks required for meat and dairy if there's a no Brexit deal.
Find out about the arrangements that would come into force to regulate biocidal products and replace the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (relating to disinfectants, rodenticides and other pest control products, but not plant protection products) if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
Find out how the classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous chemicals would be regulated if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal.
Read this notice if you run a UK business that imports high-risk food and animal feed from EU and rest of the world i.e. all products of animal origin and other specified food and feed products.
This notice explains the regulations for businesses holding or requiring EU authorisations for GM food or feed, or feed additives, or exporting feed to the EU.
Read this notice to find out about the implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit for businesses which operate across the UK-EU border, as well as businesses which have taken the form of a European specific entity.
Find out about the arrangements that would come into force to regulate pesticides (also known as Plant Protection Products – PPPs) if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no deal.
This notice sets out the framework for PVRs (Plant Variety Rights) in the event of a no deal Brexit, including recognition of existing PVRs and applications in process.
The notice covers the position of those providing professional services within the European Economic Area (EEA).
This notice covers the government’s plans to ensure continuity for the UK’s existing trade agreements with partners outside the EU if there's no Brexit deal.
Last edited on: 04:02:2019