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High Court ruling will delay Brexit clarity says industry
Published:  03 November, 2016

The High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can begin the process of leaving the European Union, will delay “clarity”, according to industry trade body British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).

The Prime Minister had previously announced that she planned to trigger Article 50 by the end of next March, but this process will now be subject to parliamentary approval following a successful legal challenge.

The government is expected to appeal the decision.

A spokesman for the BMPA said the ruling would destabilise the meat industry for even longer.

“This ruling is not entirely surprising, given the complexity of the situation and the fact that no country has every had to trigger Article 50 before.

“However what is clear is that the current uncertainty over the post referendum process is damaging business confidence. As a meat sector, the future of trading arrangements and labour availability on which our future relies are extremely unclear and this judgement, if anything, will mean it is even further into the future before clarity is brought to these vital issues.

“We are already seeing challenges in recruiting sufficiently qualified staff in the boning and abattoir sector and this will only get worse until there is clarity about the future ‘post Brexit world.”

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