There was a general consensus amongst those attending the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference at the beginning of the month that the Secretary of State’s Presentation was a significant improvement on his predecessor’s – but what did he actually say?
As part of its work through EU organisations, AIC recently met with the Article 50 Task Force, ahead of similar meetings with UK officials, the purpose being to convey the current views and analysis of the EU wide agri-trade sector.
BR17-009 Brexit and the WTO – confusion continues 29 Sept 2017
As the head of a Celcaa delegation, AIC has been involved in a range of bilateral meetings this week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum, including meetings with the WTO Secretariat, EU and UK missions and a range of EU and non-EU WTO members.
BR17-008 Bridging the 3rd Country trade deal gap 5 Sept 2017
The Prime Minister has confirmed the UK would like to extend current 3rd country trade arrangements after 31st March 2019, for a limited period of time to avoid the same ‘cliff edge’ that is talked about in relation to the UK/ EU trade position.
BR17-007 Brexit Briefing No. 5, 10 Aug 17
The 5th note in this series looks at some of the headline issues of the last few weeks as well as focussing on some of the detail which is now being discussed with officials.
Brexit negotiations from an EU perspective are being led through a task force under the EU’s lead negotiator, Michel Barnier. This Article 50 Task Force has been very active over the past couple of months, hosting meetings with a range of EU stakeholders, including CELCAA, COCERAL and FEFAC.
AIC Issues Wish List to Incoming UK Government 17 May 2017
As another General Election approaches, the Agricultural Industries Confederation has published a document outlining what the UK agri-supply industry looks to the next Government to deliver. The key three points are: a Brexit outcome that recognises the strategic importance of UK agriculture; supports a growth agenda, laying the foundation for a competitive, commercial and business sector; and recognition of the potential damage that a 'no deal' outcome on Brexit negotiations would deliver to UK agribusiness.
Members may be interested in this article from BBC Radio 4’s In Business programme. Of particular interest to members will be the interview with Declan Billington of John Thompson and Sons Ltd.
BR17-004 World Trade Organisation – Q&A 07 Apr 2017
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) features in Brexit discussions on a recurring basis. The Q&A below is designed to give a reference guide to some of the issues linked to WTO.
European Free Trade is vital during Brexit transition – AIC Board: 6 April 2017
Given the complexity surrounding agricultural trade arrangements, the Agricultural Industries Confederation Board, believes a priority in Brexit negotiations is to set the framework to allow a detailed Free Trade Agreement with Europe to be negotiated during a tariff free transition period.
Attached is a press release which has been published today following a meeting of the AIC Board.
Article 50 must be ‘starting gun’ for dual dialogue – AIC: 29 March 2017
With Article 50 now triggered, the Agricultural Industries Confederation supports the UK Government’s determination that trade negotiations need to commence alongside the exit debate to avoid jeopardising Britain’s vital food and farming industries.
With Article 50 now formally triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May, the Agri-Brexit Coalition looks forward to playing an active and informed role in helping Government achieve its objective of the best deal for the UK and the industry to meet opportunities and challenges.
AIC is one of the eight co-founders of the Agri-Brexit Coalition, which comes into being this week and has been created specifically to deal with issues pertinent to AIC Members and others involved in the agrisupply industries and professions.
BR17-001 AIC Brexit Briefing No.4 02 Mar 2017
Our fourth AIC Brexit Briefing reflects on some of the challenges we will face as negotiations for the UK’s Exit of the EU look set to begin.
The House of Lords European Union Committee has published its report (with summary) on Brexit: environment and climate change.
The House of Commons International Trade Committee is launching an inquiry into US-UK trade relations, full details can be found on the Parliamentary website.
Following the House of Commons debate on the European Union Bill and subsequent vote on the 1st February, the Government has today published its White Paper “The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the EU”. The document mirrors the 12 principles set out by the Prime Minister in her speech on 17th January as reported in our members brief G17-008. The full details can be seen in the attached document.
AIC response to Prime minister's speech 17 Jan 2017
G17-008 Prime Minister's Brexit speech 17 Jan 2017
Today's long awaited speech by the Prime Minister did little more than confirm the leaks; the UK will leave both the single market and the Customs Union and the focus will now be on negotiating free trade agreements with both Europe and beyond.