Brexit and the Food System: Trade, Environmental and Security Implications
Brexit will dominate the political debate in the UK for the coming years and its impact on food production could be transformative: the UK food sector currently receives EU-derived agricultural subsidies worth £2.6 billion per year and relies on the EU for 30% of the UK’s food consumption.
Coupled with growing synergy between climate and geopolitical risks, and the potential reshaping of US agricultural trade relationships under the Trump administration, Brexit could have major implications for food prices, as well as for the UK’s environmental footprint and food safety standards.
At the same time, outside of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and stringent EU environmental and food safety legislation, UK production standards could be loosened if its new trading partners’ requirements are more relaxed than the EU’s, offering new opportunities for trade and farming.
This workshop will assess the challenges and opportunities that arise from Brexit for the UK’s food and agricultural sectors, and for supplier states.
Attendance is by invitation only.