2017 in review: the top 20 stories

Dec 2017

Brexit: little progress, even less clarity

Shortly after Article 50 was invoked at the end of March, the UK food industry called for swift action to move from speculation to real details as the sector waits to find out what the EU exit will mean in real terms. As 2017 draws to a close, there is still scant detail about what the implications could be for this industry. During the summer, a University of Sussex paper warned that Britain is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit. It followed another report examining the serious pressure that the UK’s food manufacturing sector will be under if the labor supply of EU migrants dries up after the UK’s departure from the club.