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Brexit: British seed potato sector on brink of EU and NI export ban

Britain’s seed potato sector is in turmoil, with just 10 weeks before exports to Europe and Northern Ireland (NI) face a total ban under a no-deal Brexit, reports Jonathan Riley for Farmers Weekly.

As an EU member state, Britain has exported 30,000t of seed worth £13.5m to mainland Europe each winter. However, after 31 December, Britain will be classified under EU trade rules as a “third country” unless a trade deal is reached with the EU. Specific agreements must be in place for a third country to deal with the EU trading bloc.

The resulting “third country equivalence” recognises that a crop or product meets plant health (phytosanitary) and production standards. To date, the UK has failed to secure such an agreement.

Source: Farmers Weekly. Read the full article here
Photo: Tim Scrivener | Farmers Weekly

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