DEFRA’s EU Exit team have sent a communication to the HTA requesting information about the effects Brexit has had on businesses, in particular no deal planning.

They wish to take this time to understand what the impacts of No Deal preparation have had on business, and how you are intending to prepare over the coming months.

In particular, questions they would like answers to are; -

  1. What preparations for a potential No Deal exit did you undertake?
  2. What were the impacts of these on your business, e.g. costs etc. This could include costs, the implication of bringing material in early, resultant biosecurity concerns, planning time taken, extra staff costs, how the uncertainty affected you and your business, basically anything that is Brexit related.
  3. How you intend to continue EU Exit preparations & planning. Explain briefly what the plans will be and over what time period you will conduct them.

In addition to sending your response to DEFRA (please send to businessreadinessagrifoodchain@defra.gov.uk) would you please copy the HTA in to your reply (policy@hta.org.uk). Your response will be treated in the utmost confidence. (For those of you wondering at DEFRA's food-related e-mail address, ornamental horticulture is included under DEFRA’s agri-food EU Exit department).

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