Members Brexit Briefings
BR18-019 AIC Statement on Agriculture Bill: 12 September 2018
In response to the announcement of the Agriculture Bill’s imminent publication – due on Wednesday immediately after Prime Ministers Questions, AIC has put out the following public statement. We will have a more detailed analysis of the Bill in due course.
BR18-020 The Agriculture Bill – England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 12 September 2018
Defra has now published the draft Agriculture Bill ahead of its journey through parliamentary procedure with the aim of it being enacted before 29 th March 2019.
BR18-018 Rules of Origin - Industry Report: 7 September 2018
One of the more complicated areas to be resolved under the Brexit negotiations relates to Rules of Origin – these are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that a number of factors, such as duties or preferential access arrangements can depend on the source of imports.
BR18-016 Brexit “no Deal” papers – first tranche published: 23 August 2018
The Government has published the first in its round of ‘no deal’ preparedness papers. From a Defra perspective the first four papers published today focus on Farm Payments, GM authorisations, Organic Food and Rural Development Funding.
Following on from the previous Briefing related to Defra issues, this briefing summarises some of the points relating to business issues more generally, as covered in more of the no deal Technical Notices which Government has published today. These focus on Trading with the EU, VAT, classification of goods and trade remedies.
BR18-015 More detail emerges on Brexit White Paper Issues: 3 August 2018
Following publication of the Brexit White Paper, AIC has been involved in a number of discussions involving officials and other industry stakeholders. A number of points of interest have emerged from these meetings and are set out below:
The latest Brexit related communication from the Commission continues the theme of preparedness for a ‘no deal’ situation. The focus remains on the Withdrawal Agreement – the text of which is 80% complete. This is the document which is scheduled to be agreed and completed before March 2019 and which would allow the UK to leave with the agreement of a transition period to December 2020.
BR18-013 Govt White Paper on EU Future Relationship: 13 July 2018
The UK Government’s White Paper on a proposed future relationship with the EU, the subject of the Cabinet Chequers ‘away day’ on 6th July, appears to put greater emphasis on agri-food trade than Defra’s ‘Health and Harmony’ command paper provided.
As a follow on to the recent EU proposal on apportionment or TRQ quantities (BR18-011), this is an aide memoire on the current main cereal TRQ situation.
BR18-011 EU proposes WTO Tariff Rate Quota splits: 30 May 2018
The EU has published a proposal for the splitting of tariff rate quotas (TRQ) within its current WTO schedule as a result of the UK leaving. This means the current TRQ tonnage total for EU 28 will now be split between the UK and EU 27.
Please find attached the final version of the submission AIC has made to the Defra consultation on ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit’.
BR18-009 Consultation on “Health & Harmony: the future for food, farming & the environment in a Green Brexit” – preparing the AIC response: 3 April 2018
Attached is a summary of the points contained within the Defra consultation document ‘Health & Harmony’ on future domestic financial support for the agricultural sector.
BR18-008 Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Progress: 20 March 2018
With the announcement yesterday of progress on the draft Withdrawal document, there is an expectation that the EU Council meeting on 22 and 23rd March will confirm negotiations can move forward to discussing the longer term trading arrangement which would operate between the UK and the EU.
BR18-007 Brexit and Contractual Arrangements: 16 March 2018
In response to queries from members and in consultation with the Contracts & Arbitration Committee, AIC has produced the attached guidance note setting out where it sees the current position on contractual arrangements beyond 29th March 2019.
BR18-006 Health & Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit: 27 February 2018
The Government’s awaited ‘Command’ paper on future domestic agricultural policy was published today. Its direction has been extensively trailed over the past few months, not least in speeches made by the Secretary of State at both the Oxford Farming Conference and the NFU AGM.
BR18-005 Developing discussions with Defra: 20 February 2018
Recent discussions with Defra have covered a number of topic areas as set out below:
BR18-004 The Voice of the Food Chain: 12 February 2018
Members may have seen in yesterday’s Sunday Times an article about Brexit and the food chain, which was underpinned by a letter co-signed by a number of Trade Associations including the AIC
BR18-003 Trade Assurance Schemes post-Brexit: 9 February 2018
A potential area of concern for the Agrisupply sector post Brexit is the continued recognition of UK based schemes after March 2019 and any subsequent transition period.
BR18-002 2018 Negotiations Timetable and EU Presidency View: 25 January 2018
A recent Celcaa meeting with the current EU Presidency (Bulgaria) has helped to set the current EU view, and timetable in some context.
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?
BR17-010 Latest views from Article 50 Task Force: 3 November 2017
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 September 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 September 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 August 2017
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.
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: 7 April 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.
Attached is a press release which has been published today following a meeting of the AIC Board.
BR17-002 Agri-Brexit Coalition: Uniting voices on agricultural supply, trade, technology and advice: 13 March 2017
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: 2 March 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.
G17-018 UK Government White Paper on Exiting the EU published today: 2 February 2017
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 House of Commons International Trade Committee is launching an inquiry into US-UK trade relations, full details can be found on the Parliamentary website here in summary: | Scope of the inquiry
G17-008 Prime Minister's Brexit speech: 17 January 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.
AIC Response to Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit