Responding to the release of the Government’s Brexit white paper, Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC said:

“There are reasons to be optimistic about trade and retail in a post-Brexit world. It’s encouraging that the Government recognises that the UK has a role to play as a champion of free and open trade. However, securing a positive new customs arrangement with the EU, which enables mutually beneficial opportunities for trade with the EU and the rest of the world, will be crucial to ensuring British shoppers aren’t hit with the costs of unwanted import tariffs.

“Making these stated ambitions a reality will require close partnership between the retail industry and UK-EU negotiators. In the short-term, the number one priority needs to be ensuring that Britain’s exit from the EU is orderly, allowing all goods traded between the EU and the UK to be in free circulation."