Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Brexit

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with sector representatives on the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

My Department is having a number of ongoing discussions with sector representatives on the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal; over the last 3 months my officials have met with over 250 sector representatives. We are engaging with representatives from all of Defra’s sectors including food and drink, farming, fishing, the chemicals industry and vets to ensure our sectors understand the potential implications of no deal, what actions they would need to take and that they are prepared for these. These discussions are a two-way dialogue, allowing us to work together with sector representatives to make sure any concerns they have are addressed.

Extensive work to prepare for a no deal scenario has been under way for over two years and this is one of the many steps we are taking to ensure the country continues to operate smoothly from the day we leave.

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