MPs are launching an urgent inquiry into the disruption of UK meat exports to the EU since the end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January.
Food export businesses of all sizes have reported losing money and trade due to an increase in bureaucratic border processes.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) recently warned that meat companies were seeing a ‘serious and sustained loss of trade’ with the EU.
The House of Commons EFRA Committee’s inquiry aims to scrutinise the government’s response and see how support can be increased for exporters.
Calling for a swift response, the Committee has written to Defra Secretary George Eustice asking him to set out the arrangements which will help firms access much-needed financial support quickly.
MPs who sit on the Committee are also asking for estimates of the cost to date to UK food businesses caused by border issues and delays.
The broader inquiry, which will now begin accepting evidence, will explore both long and short-term action plans for exports to the bloc, whilst also scrutinising the government’s immediate response to disruptions.
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