The role of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

What action has the Ministry taken regarding Brexit?

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has monitored and taken an active part in the negotiation process between the parties, through the Interministerial Group set up for this purpose and which has led to the provisional agreements reached within the European Union in this area.

One of the objectives of this working group has been to draft a Contingency Plan. With respect to this Ministry, appropriate measures have been adopted for each of the sectors affected within the agriculture, fishing and food industries, and the material and human resources that will be required to address and respond appropriately to this process have been determined.

In addition, Ministry staff have participated in the seminars organised by the European Commission in preparation for a possible no-deal Brexit, in order to be fully informed and to be suitably prepared should regulations need to be changed and specific measures implemented.

Furthermore, the Ministry has attended the bilateral meetings held with the UK authorities, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, at which the UK has presented the main lines of its future policy for the agriculture and fishing sectors following Brexit.

Finally, as part of its preparation for Brexit and its consequences, the Ministry has organised various events and conferences. Several meetings have been held in Madrid for agriculture and food sector associations and organisations, in the framework of preparation for the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Specifically, meetings have been organised by the General Secretariat for Agriculture and Food (13 September 2018) and by the General Secretariat for Fisheries (13 September 2018 and 15 February 2019).

At these meetings, the situation of the negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom has been analysed, focusing on the conclusion of a withdrawal agreement, the corresponding timetables for this process, and the need to prepare for either of the two scenarios that might arise from these negotiations: a withdrawal agreement agreed between the parties and duly ratified (before midnight on 29 March 2019, with a possible transition period until the end of 2020 to negotiate a future relationship agreement), or a withdrawal with no such agreement, which would take place on 30 March 2019.



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