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Andalusian Agriculture Minister Calls for 'Fast Track' Deal for Perishable Food After Brexit

Feb. 3, 2020
Daniel Dawson

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Andalusia’s Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development has called on the European Union to seek a fast track” deal for per­ish­able food being exported to the United Kingdom.

There are numer­ous agri-food prod­ucts that are per­ish­able and can­not wait at cus­toms.- Carmen Crespo

The U.K. for­mally left the E.U. on January 31 but will remain in the sin­gle mar­ket and con­tinue to obey European laws until the end of 2020. For the rest of the year, the two will work out a trade deal that will define their new rela­tion­ship.

In a recent speech, Carmen Crespo called on the Spanish gov­ern­ment to lobby Brussels for a deal that would allow cus­toms paper­work on per­ish­able food exports to the U.K. to be processed within the coun­try.

This mea­sure would allow agri­cul­tural goods, such as table olives and olive oil, to arrive on super­mar­ket shelves with­out a lengthy delay at the bor­der.

There are numer­ous agri-food prod­ucts that are per­ish­able and can­not wait at cus­toms,” Crespo said.

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Negotiations between the U.K. and E.U. on the future deal will begin in March.



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