Maintaining the UK internal market for food standards: fragmentation, cooperation or control?

Lydgate, Emily and Anthony, Chloe (2020) Maintaining the UK internal market for food standards: fragmentation, cooperation or control? Other. UK Trade Policy Observatory.

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Abstract

Food standards raise important questions about how the UK will govern future trade, not only with other countries but also between the nations of the UK: the so-called internal market. Widespread public concern about weakening food standards is being managed differently by the UK’s constituent governments, with a clear rift between England and Scotland. Thus, food standards have become an existential issue, threatening to determine what an independent United Kingdom looks like – and even whether it will be possible to refer to it as ‘united’.
As well as being politically-charged, food standards are highly technical. Post-Brexit food policy and legislation reveals significant changes to both how, and also where, regulation takes place. In this Briefing Paper we take stock of these developments. We conclude that the overriding outcome is the consolidation of power in the central UK Government, raising significant – and still unresolved – constitutional and trade questions.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Other)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 14:37
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 14:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/95273

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