Preparing your business for EU Exit

The UK will formally leave the European Union on 29 March 2019. The UK’s exit from the EU will have a considerable impact on the seafood industry, and it’s likely to take some time before we can fully understand the what, why and how associated with UK withdrawal.

However, there is no organisation better placed than Seafish to help the industry manage the impact of the UK leaving the EU. Our approach to EU exit is simple, pragmatic and non-partisan. We are working in partnership with the seafood industry and with other relevant stakeholders – including government at UK and devolved level – to interpret and understand the changing landscape, identifying risks and promoting opportunities.  

The Seafish Regulation Team has compiled a practical, user-friendly and accessible guide for the UK seafood industry on preparing your business for EU exit. We focus on addressing the numerous regulatory FAQs surrounding food safety, traceability and trade linked to the UK’s exit – whether that be with a withdrawal agreement in place, or a ‘no deal’ scenario. 

Please note the guide does not cover issues arising from the UK’s future relationship with the EU – we concentrate specifically on the day-to-day scenarios likely to be encountered by industry in the event of a ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’ being reached between the UK and EU by exit day - 29 March 2019.  

This is very much a ‘living’ guide and will routinely be reviewed and amended as circumstances evolve.

Navigate our guide

Last updated: Tuesday 5 March 2019

1.1 Will there still be different rules across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? +

1.2 What status will the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have in regard to the UK seafood industry? +

1.3 What status will EU scientific bodies such as EFSA etc. have? +

1.4 When EU legislation is rolled over to become UK law, what will happen to legislation in force but not currently applicable? +

1.5 Where will I be able to view the applicable legislation after 29 March? +

1.6 What does ‘falling back on WTO rules’ mean? What impact would this have? +

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