EU fears influx of ‘British champagne’ once Brexit ends food naming rules


    The European Union is worried that British organizations could abuse assurances given to the names of thousands of European items –, for example, parma ham and champagne – while the secured status of foodstuffs, for example, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese is held after Brexit.

    The European commission has given “topographical sign” (GI) status to 1,150 items, which means organizations can just utilize the name of a region in their promoting if the item is from that range.

    At the point when the UK leaves the EU, it will no longer need to maintain the orders and could, for instance, rename some English starting wine as English champagne, or ham as English parma ham.

    A record from the European parliament’s agribusiness advisory group, which is prompting the chamber’s pioneers on the Brexit transactions, says: “As things as of now stand, the UK has 59 such enrolled names [out of an aggregate of 1,150 at EU level], including e.g. Lakeland Herwick Meat, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, West Wales Coracle Caught Sewin [sea trout], and [economically important] Scotch Whisky.

    Scotch Whisky, which is ensured under EU rules.

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    Scotch Whisky, which is ensured under EU rules. Photo: David Cheskin/PA

    “The subject of what will happen to EU GIs after the withdrawal of the UK is a troublesome one.

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    “On the off chance that no courses of action to another impact are made, the assurance managed by the previously mentioned enactment would ordinarily stop to apply in the UK, which implies that over a thousand European enlisted names could be presented to infringement in this neighboring nation of the EU27 [while incomprehensibly the 59 UK names would stay secured in the EU if the commission choices conceding this insurance are not repealed].”

    The record drawn up by MEPs cautions: “In the theory where the UK, as a third nation, would go into another association with the EU27 in light of an unhindered commerce understanding it would be vital hence to incorporate a shared acknowledgment of GIs in such a concession to the model.”

    The spilled examination additionally says Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will leave an extensive gap in the financial plan of the Common Agricultural Policy, which pays ranchers over the mainland billions of euros in appropriations.

    The report says: “Clearly the Brexit will prompt to a huge hole in the financing of the CAP once the UK commitments, from one viewpoint, and the consumptions identified with British farming then again have been expelled.”

    The advisory group says the cost will be “somewhere close to €1.2bn and €3.1bn if the EU needs to keep up current spending levels for the rest of the 27 part states”.

    A laborer strolling in an exceptional room where Parma ham is hung to dry in Langhirano, Italy.

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    A laborer strolling in an exceptional room where Parma ham is hung to dry in Langhirano, Italy. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters1

    MEPs are likewise worried that the UK’s withdrawal will affect on current facilitated commerce bargains, as the measure of the European market accessible to firms in third nations would be decreased. “The flight of the UK may some way or another upset the monetary adjust on the premise of which these assentions were finished up,” they compose. “For instance, the third nations concerned may honest to goodness gripe about a one-sided lessening by the EU of the measure of the market to which they have been given get to.”


    The MEPs propose the UK should keep up EU gauges amid any transitional period before an unhindered commerce understanding can be struck. There is specific worry that the UK will imperil any such arrangement if, as some on the privilege of the Conservative party have supported, it acknowledges the generation of hereditarily changed nourishment or receives the US technique for cleaning chicken bodies with emphatically chlorinated water.

    It says: “If, for instance, the UK was enticed after its withdrawal from the EU, to adopt an alternate strategy to GMOs or chlorinated chickens [as we have perused may be the case] this would significantly convolute its exchange with the EU 27.”

    In any case, the MEPs seem to take comfort in the recommendation that the British government will be not able exploit third nations looking for different alternatives. They keep in touch with: “One may ponder, specifically, regardless of whether the UK will have the sheer ability to deal with such a large number of earnest exchange arrangements in parallel with a national organization which has lost the experience and expertise of such transactions since the mid 1970s.”