The Future of Sustainable Businesses in Post-EU Britain

Author
Laurence Cox, Junior Consultant
Date
2017-10-16
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Preparation for “day one readiness” has begun. What can we expect from a post-EU UK? What will this new landscape look like for business and specifically, what impact will this have on the food industry?

Without doubt there are food-mechanisms within the EU which in dire need of review. The Common’s Fisheries Policy has been criticised for its blunt policy intervention approach, continued unsustainable approach to over fishing, and has been branded as a “disaster” by both sides of Brexit.

But there is security that comes from the European Union too. The UK currently imports 30% of what it eats from the European Union, many of our agricultural workers come from the EU and our food safety is protected by EU standards. The food sold in Britain today has never been more varied, cheaper or safer.

Without the safety blanket of the EU the UK is opening itself up to the mercy of negotiations with 160 WTO countries. Against these countries the UK will have to openly compete on access and price.

This is clearly an issue for sustainable businesses. Not least because the longer the supply chain the harder transparency becomes. This comes at a time that the international food industry has been plagued by scandal - the rise of super bugs, tainted meat in the supply chain of leading brands, and the recall of millions of dairy products to name but a few.

Academics and professionals are sounding the warning siren for what these confounding issues could mean for the sustainable and prosperous future of UK food and UK businesses.

To find out more about the impact of leaving the EU could have on the food systems of the UK and to hear from leading academic Tim Lang, join us at our Sustainable Business Forum on 8 November.