The EU and UK have reached an agreement at negotiators’ level on a draft Withdrawal Agreement and on an outline of the Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. Negotiations on the full Political Declaration are on-going.
The NFU has stressed the strategic importance of British food and farming to the nation and called for the UK and EU leaders to work together to finalise a Withdrawal Agreement to ensure continued free trade after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.
Whilst there is still a huge job to be done - it does appear some progress is being made.
“There is still a huge job to be done in negotiating the details of our future relationship with the EU: one that maintains free and frictionless trade, allows continued access to sufficient overseas labour where needed, and supports farmers in providing jobs and driving growth in rural communities, providing the raw materials for a domestic food industry that employs 3.8m people and generates £113bn in value for the UK economy. I hope this Withdrawal Agreement will now pave the way negotiating a future relationship that secures all of these vital objectives."