Worst case- decreased competitiveness and restricted access to existing EU/ROI/UK markets.
Best case - opposite of above
Market divergence and lower import standards in GB/increased costs and bureaucracy/restricted market access
Greatly reduced capacity to get involved/engage/prepare.
Depends on standards divergence and access by external imports into GB. Definitions important of 'unfettered access'/'qualifying status'/origin labelling requirements.
Partly but other issues as above. Also can't legislate for markets/consumer reaction.
Little if any divergence between GB and NI standards and tariffs.
Tighter checks on consumer food products and resultant increased administrative costs/delays.
Bigger impact on other parts of food supply chain than primary production. GB retention of existing/equivalent standards would negate need for checks.
Bigger impact on other parts of food supply chain than primary production and depends on GB tariff divergence and definition of 'substantially at risk products'
6. How can the UK-EU future relationship reduce the possible negative impacts of the Protocol on the agrifood sector?
No divergence of standards/tariffs.
Meaningful engagement hasn't really started yet but needs to happen quickly with NI businesses. We have however found the industry stakeholder discussions which have recently commenced with the NI Secretary of State and the NI Office to be very useful.
Proper engagement with the stakeholders involved and an understanding of their needs/issues.
We understand it can still be done but need to see progress starting urgently.
UK only one party in negotiations and depends on EU response. UK position on tariffs and standards also critical.