LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could be barred from exporting some food to the European Union for months if it leaves the bloc without a deal, the National Farmers Union said on Thursday after the government published reports on that scenario.
FILE PHOTO: A Sussex mixed cow looks towards the camera as it eats in a cattle shed at the farm of David Barton in Middle Duntisbourne in south west Britain, August 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
One government paper on the possible impact on organic food said British businesses would only be able to export to the EU if they were certified by an organic control body recognised and approved by the EU to operate in the UK.
Applications cannot be made, however, until Britain becomes a “third country” and approval can take up to nine months, the report added.
NFU president Minette Batters said the government’s statements were a “sobering reminder of what is at stake for farmers”, and suggested a failure to get an exit deal could have an impact beyond the organic sector.
FILE PHOTO: A field of barley is harves