[8 December/ Food Navigator]

The European Commission has confirmed that sufficient progress had been made with discussions over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, enabling Brexit negotiations to move onto stage two, the future trading relationship. In a joint press conference, United Kingdom Prime Minister, Theresa May, and European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker revealed that an agreement had been reached on the Irish border, citizens’ rights, and the financial settlement. Food and Drink Federation Director General, Ian Wright said he looked forward to seeing the detail of that had been agreed on citizens’ rights and on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, as both issues were of critical concern to food and drink manufacturing.