We have become increasingly concerned that the Government continues to press ahead with policy and regulatory changes that take no account of what a post-Brexit world may look like. We also believe some plans run contrary to the Government’s stated policy that it will avoid the introduction of non-tariff barriers to trade.

Our CEO, Dominic, recently wrote to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Defra, on this very point – citing recent consultations on increasing plant health and border inspection fees. Unfortunately the response he received from Lord Gardiner failed to address this key issue. You can see Dominic’s letter and Lord Gardiner’s reply here (bottom of the page).

We will follow this up further as we believe it is essential that all Government Departments are respectful of the potential impact of their policies in a post-Brexit world.