BBPA calls for robust transitional arrangements as Brexit talks begin

Posted in Licensing | June 21, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

As Brexit talks begin, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has signified its support for the approach outlined by the CBI and other leading industry groups to ensure that robust transitional arrangements are in place as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The principles set out by the CBI and supported by the BBPA include:

  • Tariff-free goods trade between the UK and the EU
  • Minimal customs formalities at the land, sea and air borders between the UK and the EU; regulatory equivalence and mutual recognition of standards on an ongoing basis to ensure continued mutual access for both goods and services;
  • A flexible system for the movement of labour and skills between the UK and the EU, that enjoys public support
  • On-going UK participation in those pan-European programmes, initiatives and agencies which add real economic value to communities, businesses, young people and universities
  • Protection of the benefits of free trade agreements currently delivered through the EU
  • Regulatory equivalence and mutual recognition of standards on an ongoing basis to ensure continued mutual access for both goods and services.

Chief Executive of the BBPA Brigid Simmonds comments:

“As the UK enters the Brexit negotiations, we have always been clear we want to see trade conducted as freely as possible and access to skills for the brewing and pub sector secured.

“Until there is a final settlement on our exit from the EU, the benefits of the single market and customs union should be maintained, and we also want to see the maintenance of an open border in Ireland.

“We want to see that the rights of our existing employees are swiftly safeguarded in the early phase of the negotiations, providing all our staff with much needed reassurance. At the same time, we want to play our part in attracting more UK citizens to work in our sector in the future.

“In terms of a final agreement, we support the objectives outlined by the CBI.”


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