Responding to the UK Government's publication of the third tranche No-Deal Brexit Technical Notices, Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium said:
"Today’s technical notices lay bare the realities of a No Deal Brexit - more delays, extra costs and an explosion of red tape for retailers.
“We’re faced with the very real possibility of chaos at ports, putting a block on food imports and exports. The UK’s food supply chain is based on ‘just in time’ principles. There are big question marks about whether the Government’s proposed new IT systems to help with food imports will be ready in time. Retailers are also now faced with a mountain of new labelling requirements as well as paperwork and red tape, particularly for products such as fresh meat, fish and some dairy products.
"EU and UK negotiating teams must deliver a Withdrawal Agreement urgently in the aftermath of Salzburg in order to avoid the severe consequences that would result from a cliff edge scenario next March.”
You can view the technical notices here.