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