DWF hosted an event looking at Brexit and Trade. On the panel were Stuart Harbinson, Hume Brophy, Vassilis Akritidis, DWF and Katie Doherty, IMTA.
On 15th February a study was published by Harvard Kennedy School and IMTA was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the launch event. IMTA were interviewed as part of the study which can be downloaded here: Time for Clarity: The Views of British Business on The Path to Brexit . Further details about the event: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/news/newsrecords/2018/Strand-Group-26-Ed-Balls-and-Peter-Sands-Time-for-Clarity-The-Views-of-British-Business-on-The-Path-to-Brexit.aspx
The meeting focussed on key Brexit issues for the meat trade including tariffs and veterinary checks.
Liz Murphy gave a presentation on priorities for exports and market opportunities during a session chaired by Neil Parish, Chairman of the EFRA Select Committee.
Liz Murphy and Katrina Walsh of the IMTA Secretariat attended an very engaging meeting with Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the International Trade Committee. In attendance were representatives of the British Veterinary Association, the British Meat Processers Association and City of London. The meeting was focussed on the topic of veterinary checks and Brexit. IMTA believes that striking a deal with the EU which avoids the introduction of veterinary checks on British exports and imports, to and from the EU, is crucial to the sector. For more information on this topic see the IMTA Veterinary Checks Factsheet here.
Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director, was asked to speak on the topic of Brexit and what a WTO scenario would mean for the meat industry at the recent New Food Brexit Conference in London. Katie then appeared on a panel with Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports at AHDB and Lord Robin Teverson, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee, EU Food & Agriculture.
IMTA Chairman and UECBV Vice President and Chairman for International Trade Margaret Boanas spoke on a panel on the topic of Brexit at the recent UECBV AGM in Bucharest. Also on the panel were representatives of the Romanian Government, AHDB, the French embassy in London and the world of academia. Katie Doherty and Katrina Walsh of the IMTA secretariat also attended the AGM which covered topics such as animal welfare and the perception of meat.
Katie Doherty, IMTA Policy Director gave a presentation and participated in a panel at the Customs Compliance conference highlighting the issues of tariffs, veterinary checks as well as customs for the meat sector.Katie, Alex Veitch of The Freight Transport Association and Andrew Grainger of University of Nottingham discussed customs and Brexit.
IMTA met with Defra Minister George Eustice to discuss Brexit. Margaret Boanas, Chairman of IMTA presented the Minister with the winning sausages from Meat Management’s UK Sausage Week. The winning sausages were produced by J C Rook & Sons. See Meat Management article for more.