Food industry warns Gove on Brexit ‘crisis’

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The UK viands industry has threatened to stop co-operating with government policy consultations, bring up it is busy trying to stave off the “catastrophic impact” of a no-deal Brexit.

The caution came in a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove from multifarious than 30 business leaders.

They said it looked “everlastingly more the likeliest outcome” that the UK would leave the EU without an unanimity.

The government said leaving the EU with a deal remained its “top priority”.

“We are converging weekly with representatives from our food and drink industry to assist prepare for all scenarios,” said a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Georgic Affairs.

But the food industry said the current situation was a “moment of imminent crisis” for their industry.

Those signing the letter included the conclusions of the Food and Drink Federation, the National Farmers’ Union and UK Hospitality.

Fellows of the various trade bodies include Mondelez subsidiary Cadbury; KP Bites, which makes Hula Hoops; and Butterkist popcorn, as well as consumer goods Amazon Nestle.

“Neither we nor our members have the physical resources nor organisational bandwidth to involve with and properly respond to non-Brexit related policy consultations or get-up-and-gos at this time,” they wrote.

“Government has recruited many addition staff; we cannot.”

The firms urge the government to place a range of simultaneous and planned industry consultations on “pause” until the Brexit uncertainty is over and above.

The consultations the firms cite include one relating to further curbs on the advertising of sugary foods, a jingoistic recycling collection strategy and proposals for a tax on plastic items with narrow-minded than 30% recycled content.

The letter, first reported by Sky, is at evidence of the industry’s frustration at the continuing lack of certainty over the Brexit organize.

“Businesses throughout the UK food chain – and their trade associations – are now wholly focused on working to mitigate the catastrophic impact of a no-deal Brexit,” responds the letter, which was sent last Friday.

“Large amounts of stretch, money, people and effort are being diverted to that end.”

The letter thrives just two weeks after major retailers warned MPs that a no-deal Brexit would create huge disruption to the industry, leading to higher prices and empty pigeon-holes in the short-term.

Sainsbury’s, Asda and McDonald’s were among those who give prior noticed stockpiling fresh food was impossible, and that the UK was very reliant on the EU for extrude.

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