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British Retail Consortium sets out Brexit tariff ‘roadmap’

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched Brexit tariff “roadmap” for the next government with the aim of ensuring a fair deal for consumers in the upcoming trade negotiations.

The organisation’s report, A Fair Brexit for Consumers – the Tariff Roadmap Ahead, aims to highlight the importance of the UK’s existing trade relationships, as well as indicating the opportunities and challenges offered by the Brexit negotiations that will take over the next two years.

The BRC called for the next government to lead an “orderly and sequenced process”, and called for continued across-the-board tariff-free arrangements with the European Union to be secured before new trading relationships are formed.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “Ensuring the journey ahead is positive for both retailers and consumers requires an orderly and sequenced Brexit process. The first step is to mitigate the risks by securing the continuation of tariff-free trade with the EU, to avoid further upward pressure on food prices.

“Next, is the need to replicate the EU’s existing deals with developing countries. Only then should the government look to realise the opportunities presented by new trading relationships with the rest of the world.”

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