EDA and Dairy UK present ‘Future EU UK Dairy Framework’
The UK dairy industry is an interlinked part of the EU dairy chain. The EU milk and dairy processing industry partners on a daily basis with more than 700,000 dairy farmers of which 13,000 are based in the UK. Around 14 billion of the 160 billion litres of raw milk produced annually across the Union originates in the UK. More than 300,000 trained people work in European dairies, 23,000 of which in processing sites in the UK. The EU dairy sector has made full use of the opportunities offered by the EU Single Market.
Paul Vernon, Dairy UK chair, comments, “The dairy sector across Europe has come together to develop the ‘Future EU-UK Dairy Framework.’ Throughout its development we have been proud of the strong spirit of collaboration shown by everyone involved in this project. We are also proud of the end result which shows our collective determination to see the importance of dairy being recognised within the Brexit process as it continues to unfold. The future for dairy is bright if we get Brexit negotiations right.”
EDA chair Michel Nalet adds, “The European Dairy Association and our UK member, Dairy UK, want to ensure a successful dairy sector well into the future. In order to secure that success, it is vital that our sector can continue to work on a free trade basis in milk and dairy products for both the UK and the EU.
“The ‘Future EU-UK Dairy Framework’ sets a benchmark for sectorial guidance within the continuing Brexit process. Not only does the Framework set out the effects of a ‘hard Brexit’ scenario on the dairy sector, it also presents collaboratively developed solutions to some of the key questions around Brexit which will affect dairy businesses.
“We believe that our framework can help achieve the best outcome for the UK and the EU27 dairy sectors. We trust that those facilitating the negotiation process will take on board our joint paper and we are eager to see the responses from the chief negotiators.”