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BRC welcomes government’s proposals for post-Brexit EU trade

The British Retail Consortium has welcomed plans by the government to ensure goods currently approved for sale across the UK and EU can continue to be traded after Brexit.

Brexit Secretary David Davis released the government’s position paper on the continuity in the availability of goods on 21 August.

The BRC welcomed the “greater clarity” for businesses.

“It is a sensible suggestion for goods, including food products, which have undergone all necessary compliance checks before Brexit happens, to be able to be traded freely and safely afterwards without unnecessary regulatory duplication,” said William Bain, policy adviser Europe and international, at the BRC.

“If the UK government and EU commission could reach agreement this would remove the risk of goods being left in a legal limbo across key supply and sourcing chains in early 2019. The BRC is committed to campaigning for a fair Brexit for consumers. Ensuring the free flow of goods is one of the key ways in which consumer choice can be maintained, but prices can stay as low as possible.”

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