EU farm groups call for temporary arrangements to protect trade as Brexit talks stall

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EU farm and food chain groups have called for temporary arrangements to be put in place to protect trade with the UK in the event that a free trade deal cannot be agreed by the end of the year.

Copa and Cogeca, Celcaa and FoodDrinkEurope have warned the lack of progress during the first three rounds of negotiations, the most recent of which was concluded last week, could have a serious impact on the agri-food sector on both sides of the Channel.

In a joint statement, the three organisations said they ‘regretted’ the UK Government’s opposition to any extension of the transition period, which is currently due to expire on December 31, 2020.

The EU exports €37bn of food products to the UK every year, while the UK exports £13.7bn (€15.3bn) to the EU.

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