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Delay reforms amid Brexit crisis, food bosses tell Gove

More than 30 food industry trade bodies have warned Mr Gove about the impact of Brexit uncertainty in a letter seen by Sky News.

Delay reforms amid Brexit crisis, food bosses tell Gove

Britain's food industry has threatened to suspend its co-operation with a swathe of government consultations until the "catastrophic impact of a no-deal Brexit" is resolved, bosses have warned the environment secretary, Michael Gove.

Sky News has seen a letter to Mr Gove from the heads of more than 30 trade associations, in which they argue that their focus on mitigating the potential consequences of a hard Brexit means they have insufficient resources to address other policy issues.


The letter, which has been signed by the bosses of organisations including the Food and Drink Federation, National Farmers' Union and UK Hospitality, urges the government to halt the publication of proposals such as those relating additional curbs on the advertising of sugary foods until the Brexit uncertainty is over.

The plea to Mr Gove highlights food industry chiefs' anger about the continued lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's departure from the EU.

"In fewer than 50 days, the UK will leave the European Union," the letter, which was sent last Friday, said.

"The legal default is that we will do so irrespective of whether or not we have signed a withdrawal agreement and, at present, that no-deal Brexit looks ever more the likeliest outcome."

The food industry executives said the focus on Brexit meant that "at this moment of potential crisis for our industry, it cannot be 'business as usual' within government".

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