Brexit Debate

The budget attracted both bouquets and brickbats

Budget 2017

Chancellor’s £3bn Brexit budget gets mixed reception

By Mike Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s second budget of the year – in which he allocated £3bn over the next two years to prepare the UK for Brexit – has received a mixed reception from food industry and business leaders.

Sir Ivan Rogers told the NFU forum: “There’s no amicable no deal.”

Brexit talks

Sir Ivan Rogers: ‘No Brexit deal would be a very bad deal’

By Mike Stones

Failing to strike a trade deal with the EU before Brexit would be “a very bad deal indeed” for the UK food and farming industry, former top civil servant Sir Ivan Rogers told a forum organised by the National Farmers Union (NFU) on Monday (November 20).

The pubs and brewing industry has urged the chancellor to help support the industry’s 900,000 jobs and £23bn contribution to the UK economy

Budget 2017

Budget: chancellor urged to protect ‘food industry bedrock’

By Mike Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget should protect the “bedrock” of the UK food industry, says the National Farmers Union (NFU), while business leaders urged him to help the nation “grow its way out of austerity”.

Food manufacturers need to analyse the supply chains before Brexit

BREXIT

Contingency plans needed to mitigate Brexit risks

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers and retailers in the UK need to start preparing their contingency plans for a ‘hard’ Brexit – in which no deal is agreed with the EU – in order to mitigate the risks they face, warns a leading supply chain expert.

Sonny Perdue pictured with his boss US President Donald Trump

Exclusive

US farm boss says US/UK ‘in dating phase’ over trade

By Mike Stones

The US and the UK are currently in “the dating phase” over agreeing a trade deal, which should not take long, US agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue has exclusively told the Food Manufacture Group.

FDF boss Ian Wright sought reassurances from the government over whether EU migrants could remain after Brexit

FDF boss calls for reassurance on EU migrant workers

By James Ridler

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has repeated calls for the government to confirm whether EU workers will be allowed to remain after Brexit, following the fifth round of Brexit talks in Brussels.

Food Manufacture editor Rick Pendrous: the FSA needs more resources to cope with a hard Brexit

Supply chains opinion

More FSA resources to meet hard Brexit

By Rick Pendrous

Given Boris Johnson’s continued hotly contested assertion that repatriation of the UK’s £350M weekly contribution to the EU could provide a huge additional spending boost to the NHS, that won’t leave much left for the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

FDF director general Ian Wright highlighted three key challenges for food manufacturers after Brexit

FDF boss highlights three challenges of Brexit

By James Ridler

Food and drink manufacturers would face three key challenges after Brexit, warned the Food and Drink Federation’s (FDF’s) director general Ian Wright, speaking at the Processing and Packaging Machinery Trade Association show 2017.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told conference Labour was ‘on the threshold of power’. Photo credit: Chatham House

Labour conference draws mixed response

By Michael Stones

The Labour Party conference in Brighton this week drew a mixed response from food manufacturing and business leaders, with plans for a new industrial strategy drawing praise but criticism of business finding less favour.

Prime Minister Theresa May has set out plans for a two-year Brexit transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged

Food industry welcomes PM’s transition period plan

By Michael Stones

The food and drink industry has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for a two-year transition period, in which the terms of trade should remain unchanged, to ease Britain’s exit from the EU.

Workers' productivity fell last year, resulting in 5% less revenue per worker

Food manufacturers lose £400M as productivity falls

By Matt Atherton

Falling productivity cost food and drink producers an extra £400M in labour costs last year, a report has revealed, as manufacturers are urged to make strategic changes ahead of more challenging market conditions.

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