The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to the agricultural food sectors that, in case of a Brexit without agreement, all shipments of fruit and vegetables from the EU to the United Kingdom will not be required to present phytosanitary certificates, except citrus fruits with leaves and seed potatoes; in other words, things will remain as they are at present.
In the case of a no deal Brexit, which could happen this week, the United Kingdom will consider the EU as a third country for phytosanitary purposes, and plants, plant products, and other products from the EU must comply with the phytosanitary regulations established for the United Kingdom. That country has already announced that only the products that currently require having phytosanitary papers will require a phytosanitary certificate. These products are: fresh citrus fruit with leaf and peduncle and certain plants, seeds and other reproductive material, as well as certain woods. That is to say, just like things work now. The Ministry of Agriculture will also not require any additional phytosanitary requirements for Spanish fruit and vegetable exports, which is positive for FEPEX.
Meanwhile, the European Commission continues its preparations in case of a no deal Brexit. At a press conference, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, said that if there was a Brexit without agreement, the Commission had the legal obligation to intervene and that it would do so through the tools available in the agrarian policy, such as public intervention, private storage or withdrawal systems, without specifying more. He also stated that Member States could support the sectors through two means: through rural development programs, and through de minimis aid, whose new Regulation was reluctantly approved with a 66% increase in the level of State support, according to the Commissioner.