Scotches and steak lovers will have to wait until November to find out whether they’ll be getting their first meaty meal in the UK.
The government is poised to announce the next phase of negotiations with the European Union (EU) on trade and the future of Britain’s meat exports on Thursday.
A statement from the Department for International Trade (DfT) says: “The EU is expected to set out the terms of any future trade relationship in a bilateral trade agreement (TAA) with the UK, and the final decision will be based on a number of factors including whether or not it is in the national interest of the UK.”
The DfT says the “long-term objective” for the talks will be to “bring the UK into a trade agreement with the EU that reflects the UK economy”.””
The UK will then need to decide whether to withdraw from the EU or continue trading with it in a new trading relationship.”
The DfT says the “long-term objective” for the talks will be to “bring the UK into a trade agreement with the EU that reflects the UK economy”.
“If we are successful in achieving this, we will be free to set our own tariffs and other barriers to prevent the UK from exporting our meat to Europe, without having to face tariffs on imports,” it adds.
Scotts is the biggest seller of beef in Europe and the European Commission has said it would consider tariff breaks and other measures if the UK pulled out of the bloc.
The Government is already facing pressure from business leaders to reverse its stance on beef, which is considered one of the most lucrative sectors of the British economy.
But it’s not the only major meat company to have expressed interest in a Brexit deal with the new EU.