Melton Borough Council

Brexit and food businesses

It is currently anticipated that the UK will leave the EU in early 2020.

Food businesses that deal with the EU, either as a supplier or customer are strongly recommended to prepare for this transition.

To assist business in finding out how they may be affected and what steps they can take, the Government has published advice on their website at and, which focuses specifically on the food and drink sector. 

For informational flowcharts on importing and exporting after brexit, including "meat and dairy" and "livestock and live poultry" visit

In addition, the Food Standards Agency has food sector specific advice on their own website.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have created a series of podcasts to help industry prepare for Brexit, which can be accessed here or by searching "Defra podcasts" on SoundCloud. Topics currently include exporting, tariffs and agri-food sector, trade agreements and the agri-food sector, food labelling and chemicals

For more information about brexit, for both individuals and businesses, visit the Brexit homepage.

“Ready for Brexit” event

Melton Borough Council recently partnered with the Defra and the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) to host a free 'Ready for Brexit' event aimed at businesses within the food and drink sector.

Following this event, Defra invite attendees to sign up to Defra Brexit email updates here. Alternatively, weekly food and drink email updates can be requested at: