“It is vitally important that the UK dairy industry is recognised and prioritised during Brexit negotiations”, Dr David Dobbin, Chairman of Dairy UK, said speaking at Dairy UK’s Brexit and Beyond industry seminar in London and at the organisation’s annual dinner.
Dr Dobbin said it is in the national interest for dairy to be given due prominence during the Brexit process. He said: “The importance and relevance of dairy must not be forgotten or traded to the benefit of other sectors.”
Dr Dobbin told delegates that the dairy industry in the UK sees opportunities as well as threats in Brexit but everyone wants stability. He said the UK government and all political decision-makers must ensure that: trading arrangements with the EU without tariff and non-tariff barriers are continued; the relationship with the EU is clarified before negotiating free trade agreements with third countries; there is continued access to skilled and unskilled labour; any review of existing regulations or the introduction of new regulations will not create non-tariff barriers; UK farmers are not disadvantaged compared to their European neighbours.