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Why Local Authorities should prepare Food Brexit Plans

Lang, T. ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-8344, Millstone, E., Lewis, T. & MacFarlane, G. (2018). Why Local Authorities should prepare Food Brexit Plans. London, UK: Food Research Collaboration.


The UK’s food supply will be affected by Brexit whatever the outcome of the Parliamentary vote on the Draft Withdrawal Agreement. As the 29 March 2019 date for leaving the EU approaches, preparations to ensure we maintain a safe, adequate and sustainable food supply need to start urgently. Local Authorities (LAs) have a vital part to play in these preparations. More guidance, paying attention to the food specifics, is felt to be needed.

LAs have a key role in the UK’s food system, with responsibilities including the enforcement of food safety and standards regulation, the control of imported food at ports and airports and the certification of foods for export. They also have unique knowledge of relevant local professionals, institutions, businesses and networks.

This briefing aims to help Local Authorities prepare for Food Brexit. It shows why LAs should prepare Food Brexit Plans, and outlines five courses of action they could consider.

The briefing recommends that Local Authorities:
• Create Food Resilience Teams
• Anticipate and reduce the impact of Food Brexit, particularly on SMEs
• Narrow the information gap and treat the public openly and fairly
• Prepare for public engagement
• Be a local food voice so that central government knows the local realities.

Publication Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: © This working paper is copyright of the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management > Food Policy
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