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Brexit

The UK’s departure from the European Union could bring GM crops to our fields and our shopping baskets. Find out why and what you can do to safeguard our food and our farms.

UK and EU flags merged togetherThe UK currently abides by European Union (EU) law on almost all aspects of food and farming. That includes crucial safeguards on the growing of GM crops and the use of GM in our food.

GM Freeze is campaigning to protect UK farmers right to farm responsibly, fairly and sustainably and consumers’ right to make informed choices.

This means ensuring that the UK has:

  • Rigorous GM regulation that protects people, animals and the environment.

  • GM labelling that allows people to take control of what they are eating.

  • Protection from GM contamination.


Safeguard our farmsSafeguard our Farms is our campaign to secure robust GM regulation and proper protection from GM contamination, as the UK leaves the European Union,

 

 


Don’t Hide What’s Inside is our campaign to ensure that the UK retains the requirement for GM ingredients to be clearly identified on food labels after Brexit.

 

 


Take Action

If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, please contact your MP, MSPs, AM or MLAs to highlight the risk that Brexit could bring GM to their fields, whether they want it or not.

 


Key Brexit issues that affect GM in food and farming

Our briefing, Brexit and GM introduces the reasons why Brexit could change everything on GM in our food and on our farms.

Withdrawal and retained EU Law

The UK’s relationship with the EU after 29 March is the subject of intense political debate.

If the Withdrawal Agreement currently on the table is agreed, the UK will abide by EU rules on GM in food and farming until December 2020. After that point, things could change drastically.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, we will start on 30 March 2019 with current regulations temporarily transferred into UK law. However, these rules will then be open to immediate and potentially drastic amendment.

Read our response to the Food Standards Agency’s consultation on their proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene.

Trade Deals

Outside of the EU, the UK will negotiate trade deals with other countries, including those that have much lower standards of regulation on GM food and crops. GM regulations have already been identified as a non-tariff barrier to trade so we know that they are vulnerable.

Read our evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into Brext and trade in food.

Read our evidence to four different Department of International Trade consultations on post-Brexit trade negotiations with Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

A new approach to agriculture

Farming is a key policy area for change after Brexit. A new Agriculture Bill is working its way through the parliamentary process.

Read our subsmission to the public consultation on the Defra Command Paper, Health and Harmony

Read our evidence to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Commitee’s Agriculture Bill Inquiry.


Stay in touch, stay connected

GM Freeze is part of the Sustain Alliance for Better Food and Farming and the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, which are both working to achieve the best possible policy outcomes as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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This page was last updated on 4 December 2018