Meat exporters debate trade prospects post-Brexit

Claims that huge export opportunities will easily open up after the UK leaves the EU are a myth, says Jean-Pierre Garnier, head of exports at AHDB Beef & Lamb.

Non-tariff barriers, which cover standards, had become so complex that they were dragging out negotiations and world trade was plateauing as a result, he said.

“Everyone thinks we have friends abroad who will want to help us out, but everyone defends their own interests.”

Jean-Pierre Garnier, AHDB Beef & Lamb.

He also warned that the UK’s sheep industry would not survive without free access to the single market, as it exports 40% of its production, 90% of which goes to the EU, mostly France.

Source: Farmers Weekly

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