Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

If your business deals in food, or animal feed, your responsibility to make sure it is safe will remain a requirement of law from day one of the UK leaving the EU. For most businesses, the current requirements of food and feed law will continue to apply with no or limited changes.
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We will keep this page updated so you and other businesses can find out about any change which means you may have to do some things differently. 

EU food and animal feed safety, hygiene and labelling legislation will be converted into UK law

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides that, when we leave the EU, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law. 

The Act is designed to ensure the UK exits the EU with certainty, continuity and control. It will provide a functioning statute book on the day we leave the EU and maximise certainty for individuals and businesses. The powers in the Act will ensure that, whatever the outcome of negotiations, the statute book can continue to function.

The Act also provides powers to make corrections to retained EU law, so that it operates effectively as UK law. These corrections will be made by way of statutory instruments (SIs), which the FSA and other government departments are preparing. 

Our SIs have started to be laid before Parliament using powers under the Act. This follows our consultation on a proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene. The SIs would be needed in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no deal. All exit related statutory instruments are published on legislation.gov.uk, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title. 

How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority. This has not changed.

However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. For two years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

It has always been the case that as we get nearer to that date, preparations for a no deal scenario would have to be accelerated. We must ensure plans are in place should they need to be relied upon.

In the summer, the government published a series of 106 technical notices setting out information to allow businesses and citizens to understand what they would need to do in a no deal scenario so they can make informed plans and preparations. 

Visit gov.uk/euexitbusiness to see all technical notices and guidance on the steps your business may need to take to prepare for our exit from the EU. 

FSA notices:

Defra technical notices include:

Department of Health and Social Care guidance:

Food business operators that export animal products to the EU

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the EU would need to list the UK as a third country and give us approval to export products of animal origin (POAO) to the EU. This would be for products such as meat, fish, shellfish, eggs and dairy products. Read the letter below. This tells businesses about the information they need to provide. It would be included on the list for approval by the EU to allow UK businesses to export POAO to the EU.

Preparing for changes at the UK border after a ‘no deal’ EU exit

This partnership pack is designed to help intermediaries and trade bodies support businesses preparing for day one if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The pack provides a high-level guide to customs processes and procedures that are likely to apply in a ‘no deal’ scenario.

How the FSA is preparing for Brexit

Leaving the EU doesn’t change our top priority which is to ensure that UK food remains safe and what it says it is. The FSA is working hard to ensure that the high standard of food safety and consumer protection we enjoy in this country is maintained when the UK leaves the EU. From day one we are committed to having in place a robust and effective regulatory regime which will mean business can continue as normal. 

FSA Board meetings and EU Exit

Month of meeting Details
December 2018
September 2018
June 2018
September 2017