BREXIT: Theresa May advised by food experts to continue free trade with EU

The Prime Minister has been urged to continue the UK’s tariff-free trade with the EU after Brexit.

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Food and drink manufacturers, retailers and farmers are pressuring the PM in the hope that the UK’s tariff-free trade with the EU can continue.

The British Retail Consortium, the National Farmers Union, and the Food and Drink Federation issued a joint statement which said that the industry employs 3.9 million and is worth £108 billion to the UK, and “cannot operate in isolation”.

A Government spokeswoman said: “We are determined to get the best deal on leaving the EU – including for our world-leading food and drink industry. Securing a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with our European partners is a priority – allowing for the freest possible trade in goods and services.

“At the same time, we are going to make the most of the opportunities that our departure presents – getting out into the world and doing business right across the globe.”

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The UK is expected to start formal negotiations to leave the EU on March 29.

By triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, the UK will be given a maximum of two years to officially leave the EU.

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