DEFRA has released a raft of technical notices outlining its preparations for a no-deal Brexit. This work, says the Institute of Export, is proof that the government is planning a contingency plan in case a deal is not reached with the EU.
Their technical notices are designed to provide businesses and individuals with more information on the considerations they should undertake in the case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
The government continues to insist that it does not want or expect a ‘no deal’ scenario to occur. It describes preparing for all scenarios as the act of a 'responsible government'.
The DEFRA notices of interest to exporting businesses include manufacturing and marketing fertilisers, geographical indicators, food labelling and compositional standards.
Though there is little official information to go on, civil servants at DEFRA have been working to extend a range of technical notices on other issues such as chemicals, veterinary medicines, pet travel, the import and exports of plants and animals, food standards legislation and timber trade.
“DEFRA will continue to engage with industry over the coming weeks and months as it further develops plans and preparations, and as they have further information to share,” said a government statement.
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