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Brexit food supply chain coalition calls for EU free trade deal

27th Mar 2017 / By Alistair Driver

A coalition of leading food supply chain trade bodies has called on the Government to ensure it secures a two-way tariff-free trade deal with the EU after we leave the union.

In a joint statement to Ministers involved in the negotiations, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the NFU and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) highlight the industry's core objectives and priorities for post-Brexit UK trade policy.

They call for a 'smooth and orderly Brexit by agreeing transitional arrangements that maintain frictionless trade in goods between the UK and the EU, avoiding costly and disruptive customs checks, processes and procedures'.

And, in the medium-term, they stress the need for 'an ambitious bilateral free trade agreement with the EU that delivers two-way tariff-free trade, avoiding customs duties'.

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