What could trade with the EU look like post-Brexit?

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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has released the first in a series of articles looking at the potential implications for the industry of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

The first piece of analysis in the new ‘Horizon’ series examines five possible trading relationships between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.

“There is a huge thirst for knowledge out there as we stand on the brink of a new era for UK agriculture. Obviously at this stage we can’t give any definitive answers but we can paint a picture of what the future may look like for our levy payers.”

David Swales, AHDB Head of Strategic Insigh

It looks to existing trade arrangements for countries outside of the EU and outlines the pros and cons of each.

Further pieces of analysis will be released on topics such as trade with non-EU countries, labour and subsidies in the coming weeks, to provide AHDB levy payers with a bank of independent resources on key questions raised by the referendum result.

Once Article 50 is triggered and negotiations start, AHDB’s Market Intelligence team will provide updated analysis, as and when information emerges from the process.

David Swales, AHDB Head of Strategic Insight, said: “There is a huge thirst for knowledge out there as we stand on the brink of a new era for UK agriculture. Obviously at this stage we can’t give any definitive answers but we can paint a picture of what the future may look like for our levy payers.

“Horizon will sit alongside our sector Market Intelligence offering, which will continue to keep the industry informed on the short term impacts on commodities and inputs markets.”

AHDB information on the implications of the EU referendum can be found on the AHDB website at http://www.ahdb.org.uk/news/EUReferendum.aspx.